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  1. June S.
    June S. September 18, 2012 at 5:23 am | | Reply

    I’m surprised no one has commented on this excellent post, as yet. Dementia runs in my family, unfortunately, and I hate to think that I could ever be burdened by Alzheimer’s and Type I simultaneously. Just think how complicated it would be to have to put one’s Type I diabetes completely in the care of someone else. UGH! Let’s hope researchers will soon find cures for both Type I AND Alzheimer’s.

  2. Richard
    Richard September 18, 2012 at 6:24 am | | Reply

    very interesting post. The diabetes en alzheimer link has been doing the rounds since a few years. One of the things tied to this is that the brain produces insulin as well. Most articles differentiate between brain and blood insulin, but I have never been able to find whether the two are actually different (allbeit closely related) proteins or whether their production site names them.

    Regardless, having had people suffer from alzheimer close to me and my family, my parents were in quite the state after I was diagnosed with type 1 and this hit the papers about a month later.
    Because this was the early days and the main story was brain resistance to brain insulin, I sussed them by claiming it was more tied to type 2 diabetes (because also resistance) then type 1. Not necessarily the truth, but it covered it well enough for me as I was still adjusting to living with diabetes.

    Now however, while nobody else in my family has either type 1 or 2 diabetes, I myself am wondering whether our genetic link would make them more likely to develop alzheimer.
    This whole gene thing is great for understanding things, but it also adds worries.

  3. Bob DeMarco
    Bob DeMarco September 19, 2012 at 12:18 pm | | Reply


    You really did a fantastic job on this article. The links are excellent.

    This article should be shared widely in the Alzheimer’s and related dementia communities.

    Bob DeMarco, Founder
    Alzheimer’s Reading Room

  4. tmana
    tmana September 21, 2012 at 7:11 am | | Reply

    My father’s mother’s family has a very strong history of Alzheimer’s (NOBODY has escaped it — then again, they very in-bred), and my mother’s father’s family has had individuals with geriatric senile dementia (which may or may not have been Alzheimer’s). It’s a very scary, very likely future for me and my sister, and I’ve been scared and concerned about recent episodes where I can picture an item or concept, but cannot recall either the word for it or words similar enough to it to bring me, or my audience-of-the-moment, to it.

    Neither my father nor his sister, nor most of his family that I know of, has or had diabetes — they’ve been primarily hypoglycemic, though my grandmother did develop diet-controlled type 2 in her sixties, and heart and memory issues about a decade later. (Sixties has been the decade where most of that family began to develop memory and communication issues.)

    I don’t know the full extent to which type 2 diabetes runs in my mother’s family, only that Mom was diagnosed in her late fifties, and her grandmother was being treated for it in her late seventies and early eighties, and didn’t start losing her shorter historical memory until her mid eighties. (Mom didn’t get that far; she died at age 77.)

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