Exposure to severe glycemic events increases risk of incident dementia in older adults with type 1 diabetes

Takeaway

  • Older adults with type 1 diabetes who have been exposed to severe hypoglycemic and hyperglycemic events are more likely to develop dementia.

Why this matters

    As our populations age, there is a pressing need to understand the impact of a lifelong chronic disease, such as type 1 diabetes, on brain health in order to improve long-term clinical care. This important study highlights the link between severe glycemic events and dementia in older adults with type 1 diabetes and the need for optimal self-care over a lifetime in order to preserve brain health.