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Diabetes link to Alzheimers memory loss viewed with caution

October 27, 2009
An Alzheimer's Association medical expert is viewing with caution the recent findings by a French medical study that suggests diabetes slows memory loss in patients who have both diseases.

Although diabetes is seen as increasing the development of Alzheimer's in some patients, its effect on the long-term progression of Alzheimer's in diabetes patients remains unclear, according to William Thies, chief medical and scientific officer of the Alzheimer's Association.

A report on the French study was published in Tuesday's issue of Neurology, outlining the testing of 608 people with mild to moderate Alzheimer's over four years by researchers at the French National Institute for Health and Medical Research, known as INSERM.

Thies said previous studies of the relationship between diabetes and loss of cognitive function have been inconclusive.

One of several clinical studies under way at the Litwin-Zucker Research Center, which researches Alzheimer's disease for the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, has focused on people with memory disorders or with a family history of memory disorders and their caregivers.

The purpose of this Litwin-Zucker study is to review how memory disorders relate to memory and thinking, behavior and emotions, as well as physical health.ADNFCR-2730-ID-19429956-ADNFCR
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