Sunday, 4 November 2018
Alzheimer's breakthrough as diabetes drugs can REDUCE the severity of the memory loss caused by the disorder
Diabetes drugs may help people with Alzheimer’s disease by making their memory loss less severe.
Scientists wanted to understand why Alzheimer’s patients with type 2 diabetes had fewer protein clumps which cause forgetfulness in the brain.
Examining tiny blood vessels in the brains of people with both conditions, they found those of people treated with diabetes medications in a better state.
They believe insulin and Metformin, the drugs which help people regulate their blood sugar, also maintain brain blood vessels.
This may prevent toxins which can cause dementia from getting in, according to the team at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.