Researchers at Georgetown University conducted a study that suggests that undiagnosed pre-diabetes occurs at higher rate than was previously thought in people with Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. R. Scott Turner, director of the Georgetown University Medical Center’s Memory Disorders Program, brought people into the study who had mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease so that he could investigate resveratrol, a compound found in red grapes and red wine. Resveratrol is thought to mimic the effects of a low calorie diet. When the study began, Dr. Turner said he was shocked by how many of the study’s participants had pre-diabetes.
“We know from animal studies that caloric restriction prevents diseases of aging such as diabetes and Alzheimer’s,” Dr. Turner said. “On the flip side of the coin, having diabetes increases one’s risk of developing AD. So perhaps by improving glucose tolerance, we will prevent or delay both diabetes and Alzheimer’s.”
According to the Georgetown University news page, Dr. Turner is now investigating whether glucose intolerance or diabetes can lead to Alzheimer’s disease, if the inflammation associated with Alzheimer’s spurs glucose intolerance and if there is such a thing as a “vicious cycle” of Alzheimer’s and glucose intolerance.
“This result suggests that perhaps we should test all our patients with early Alzheimer’s for glucose intolerance,” Dr. Turner said. “It’s a simple, inexpensive study that reveals critical health information.”
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