Doing crossword puzzles is not the sole way for warding off memory loss.
Not having diabetes is a far more effective way of escaping Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, according to Dr. Jeff Williamso, a dementia expert from North Carolina.
“There is a clear link between type 2 diabetes and dementia,” Williamson said today.
Diabetics are doubly at risk of dementia compared to non-diabetics. How diabetes triggers memory loss is not clear, yet there is a link.
In Canada alone there are 2.2m diabetics, with that figure being 18m in the USA alone. Diabetic treatment in Canada alone cost $10.9 billion per year.
About 2,000 doctors, researchers and educators are meeting in Edmonton to discuss the latest work on the disease.
Type 2, which affects most Canadian diabetics, occurs when normal insulin production begins to slow and the body grows resistant to the hormone.
About 80% of diabetic deaths are from heart attack or stroke. Other complications include kidney damage, vision loss and peripheral nerve damage that can lead to amputation.