New Link Between Diabetes and Alzheimer’s Disease

Diabetes Rates Leveling Off in Adults
Diabetes Rates Leveling Off in Adults
In study with rats, researchers found that elevate glucose levels appeared to increase production of beta amyloid plaque in the brain.

Researchers have uncovered a unique connection between diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease, providing further evidence that a disease that robs people of their memories may be affected by elevated blood sugar, according to scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

While many earlier studies have pointed to diabetes as a possible contributor to Alzheimer’s, the new study — in mice — shows that elevated glucose in the blood can rapidly increase levels of amyloid beta, a key component of brain plaques in Alzheimer’s patients. The buildup of plaques is thought to be an early driver of the complex set of changes that Alzheimer’s causes in the brain.

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