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Can J Diabetes. 2016 Feb;40(1):73-6. doi: 10.1016/j.jcjd.2015.09.006. Epub 2016 Jan 6.

Diabetes, Dementia and Hypoglycemia.

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1
Department of Medicine, Vancouver Hospital and the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Geriatric Division, Centre Intégré Universitaire de Soins et Services en Santé de L'Estrie (CIUSSS)-CHUS, Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada. Electronic address: meneilly@mail.ubc.ca.
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Department of Medicine, Vancouver Hospital and the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Geriatric Division, Centre Intégré Universitaire de Soins et Services en Santé de L'Estrie (CIUSSS)-CHUS, Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada.

Abstract

We are experiencing an epidemic of both diabetes and dementia among older adults in this country. The risk for dementia appears to be increased in patients with diabetes, and patients with dementia and diabetes appear to be at greater risk for severe hypoglycemia. In addition, there may be an increased risk for developing dementia by older patients with diabetes who have had episodes of severe hypoglycemia, although this issue is controversial. In this article, we review the factors that contribute to the increased risk for dementia in older adults with diabetes and outline the complex relationships between hypoglycemia and dementia.

KEYWORDS:

Alzheimer disease; dementia; diabetes; diabète; démence; elderly; hypoglycemia; hypoglycémie; maladie d'Alzheimer; personnes âgées

PMID:
26778684
DOI:
10.1016/j.jcjd.2015.09.006
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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