Diabetes Drug Cuts Dementia Risk Significantly

Older adults with type 2 diabetes that took pioglitazone (Actos) had about half the risk of developing dementia as non-diabetics.

Patients with type 2 diabetes have a dysfunctional sugar metabolism because the essential hormone insulin does not work effectively. Once the disease reaches an advanced stage, the body stops producing insulin altogether, which means that it has to be administered externally.

Type 2 diabetes most commonly occurs in late adulthood, and it has long been known that it can affect the patient’s mental health: Patients have a greater risk of developing dementia than non-diabetics. However, how does antidiabetic medication influence this risk?

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