November 4, 2008
Diabetes May Hasten Alzheimer’s Death
People with Alzheimer's disease who also have diabetes or high blood pressure may die sooner than those who don't, U.S. researchers said.
A study involved 323 people who had no memory problems when first tested but later developed dementia. Memory tests and physical exams were then given every 18 months.
"Studies show that the average lifespan of a person diagnosed with Alzheimer's can be anywhere from three to nine years. For that person and their caregiver, every minute counts," study author Yaakov Stern of Columbia University Medical Center in New York said in a statement.
"Here we have two controllable factors that may drastically affect how long that person can survive."