Is the Precipitous Rise in Dementias and Alzheimer’s Disease Over the Last Twenty to Thirty Years Linked to Lifestyle?

12 Dec

Interesting piece about the ” emerging link between high glucose blood sugar levels and cognitive impairment”

Going Gentle Into That Good Night

I have discussed lifestyle dementia, especially in the Baby Boomer generation and beyond, being a real concern for the near future.

One of the lifestyle factors that I discussed was improperly managed and uncontrolled diabetes. Diabetes can occur at any age, but it seems that more people in their 30’s and 40’s are, at the least, pre-diabetic, with many going on to be diagnosed with Type II diabetes. Type II diabetes used to be controlled with exercise and diet, but now typically includes non-insulin medication as part of the equation (Type I diabetes must be controlled with insulin).

One of those medications is the diabetes drug, Victoza (liraglutide [rDNA origin] injection). You’ve probably begun seeing a lot of commercials for this drug in the last couple of months here in the United States.  Victoza is also being tested to see if it can slow the progression of Alzheimer’s Disease.


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2 Responses to “Is the Precipitous Rise in Dementias and Alzheimer’s Disease Over the Last Twenty to Thirty Years Linked to Lifestyle?”

  1. goinggentleintothatgoodnight December 12, 2013 at 4:11 pm #

    Thanks for the reblog…I hope we can raise the awareness on how, although we have a lot of things related to memory, dementia, and AD out of our control, there are things we can do now to at least give ourselves a little more of a fighting chance against these diseases.

  2. Tomas December 12, 2013 at 10:13 pm #

    The blog post talks of a “precipitous rise in dementia’s and Alzheimer’s disease”. I can’t see any evidence presented that there has been such a rise, beyond the natural rise in dementia that would be expected as life expectancies increase and society ages (i.e. more old people leads to more people with dementia simply because old people get dementia). Rates of diagnosis are also a key variable to control for, particularly amongst the young.

    Explaining a rise in dementia has to start with explaining, in a statistically robust way, what the rise in dementia has been, and I can’t see much evidence of that here. Without that, the rest of the analysis doesn’t mean much.

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