Caring Currents

The Link Between Diabetes and Alzheimer's

Last updated: Apr 17, 2008

Over at Diabetes Notes, Kendra James, a critical care cardiac nurse, flags the latest in a growing body of evidence linking diabetes with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.  That’s cause for concern for James -- who has type 2 diabetes herself, as does her mother and sister -- because people with type 2 diabetes are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s as people without the disorder. If your parent has type 2 diabetes it’s worrisome to think you may face this double whammy diagnosis down the track. 

But fellow blogger Paula Spencer offers many strategies you can use to help you and your parent deal with these brain disorders. To begin with, keep an eye out for warning signs that your parent may have Alzheimer’s. And while you can’t reverse the memory loss associated with this brain disease, there are proven steps you can take to slow its progression. Finally, if your parent has early-stage Alzheimer’s or dementia, Spencer offers practical advice on how to help the two of you continue to communicate.

Now it’s your turn. What measures have you found helpful in dealing with this kind of dual diagnosis that you’d like to share with other caregivers in the same boat?

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