Relationship between Alzheimer’s and Diabetes

The drugs used to treat diabetes could also be used to treat Alzheimer's, and vice versa, if the results of new research from the University of Aberdeen in the UK are confirmed. UK – The study shows that Alzheimer’s disease and type 2 diabetes are linked so closely that the drugs used to control glucose levels in the latter could also relieve symptoms and progression of the first. The research, published in the journal Diabetologia, first found that complications related to dementia in the brai...
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Clinical trials offer new hope in battling Alzheimer’s, researcher says

The statistics are sobering. More than 5 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease – a figure that is expected to skyrocket in the coming years. Every 66 seconds, someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. One in three seniors will die with the disease. “Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death – the only one of the top 10 for which there is no known cause, no treatments and no cure,” said Kay Redington, CEO of the Central and North Florida chapter of the Alzheimer...
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Alzheimer’s Disease: Some do’s and don’ts

When confronted with the reality of Alzheimer’s disease, there is often uncertainty about what to do or what not to do. Our instincts are not always right and it may be worthwhile to consider the following: DON’TS: Don’t ignore memory loss - Memory loss that affects one’s functioning is not normal – even in elderly people. There are simple tests available which most GP’s can do to confirm whether further investigations are necessary or not. Don’t be afraid to seek help - Treatment is mo...
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Dr Chris Verster | Psychiatrist

Dr Chris Verster (MBChB, MMed, FC Psych, M Phil in Applied Ethics) has been practising as a psychiatrist since 1997 and currently works part-time in Somerset West.  He practises as a general psychiatrist (adult and old-age) and has special interests in dementia and sleep disorders.  His further interests include medical ethics. Chris is also a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Stellenbosch, and a member of the Bioethics Colloquium at the Department ...
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