Risk of depression and dementia amongst adults with diabetes

Mon, 08 Mar 2010
Major depression could more than double the risk of dementia amongst adults with diabetes . Dementia, which is the progressive decline of thought processes and the ability to reason, often has symptoms such as memory loss, mind wandering, personality changes and a lack of recognition.

The study drew together two dementia risk factors - depression and diabetes . Dr. Wayne Katon of the University of Washington reportedly said: "Diabetes alone has shown to be a risk factor for dementia, as has major depression by itself."

The team also drew a link between diabetes and Alzheimer's disease, vascular dementia and other types of dementia. Katon reportedly continued: "We wanted to determine the effects of both conditions - diabetes and major depression- occurring together. Our analysis suggests that major depression more than doubles the risk of dementia in adults with diabetes ."
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