You’ve heard that diabetes hurts your heart, your eyes, your kidneys. New research indicates another ominous link: diabetes increases the risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease and may speed dementia once it strikes.
Doctors long suspected diabetes damages blood vessels that supply the brain. It now seems even more insidious — that the damage may start before someone is diagnosed with full-blown diabetes.
The bottom line there’s reason enough to safeguard your brain by fighting diabetes and heart-related risks.
If you have diabetes, closely follow your doctor’s advice for controlling it. Try to lower high cholesterol and blood pressure that can harm the brain’s blood supply and exacerbate memory problems.
And if you’re still healthy, take the same steps that help prevent both diabetes and heart disease: a good diet and plenty of exercise.