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Young diabetics more at risk of Parkinson s: Study

Thursday - June 14, 2018 7:48 pm , Category : HEALTH
London June 14 (IANS) Young adults with Type-2 diabetes may be at increased risk of developing Parkinson s disease later in life according to a study.
The findings showed that those with Type-2 diabetes had a 31 per cent greater risk of a later diagnosis of Parkinson s disease than those without diabetes.
The risk was even higher for younger people aged 25 to 44.
In addition those with complications from diabetes had a 49 per cent greater risk of a later diagnosis of Parkinson s disease than people without the disease.
"Restoring the brain s ability to use insulin could potentially have a protective effect on the brain " said Thomas T. Warner from Britain s University College London (UCL).
"It is possible that a link between Type-2 diabetes and Parkinson s could affect future diagnosis and treatment of these diseases " Warner added.
For the study detailed in the journal Neurology the team identified more than 2 million people who were admitted to the hospital for Type-2 diabetes for the first time.
They were then compared to more than 6 million people without diabetes who were admitted to the hospital for a range of minor medical and surgical procedures like sprains varicose veins appendectomy and hip replacement.
"Our study found a strong link between these two seemingly different diseases. Whether it is genetics that may play a role in the development of these diseases or they have similar pathways to development needs to be investigated further " Warner explained.

--IANS rt/mag/bg