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Study: diabetes drug metformin might lower dementia risk

Type 2 diabetes is a condition that, sadly, has afflicted many Americans. Type 2 diabetes can have many effects on a person. One thing this medical condition has been associated with is increased dementia risk (reportedly individuals with type 2 diabetes have about twice the likelihood of developing dementia as individuals without diabetes).

A recent study indicates that one type of diabetes medication may have the added benefit of reducing the dementia risk of the individuals who take it.

The study looked at a group of around 15,000 type 2 diabetes sufferers. All of the individuals were 55 years of age or older. All of the individuals were at the start of undergoing single-drug therapy for their diabetes. The type of medication taken in this single-drug therapy varied among the individuals.

The study looked at medical data regarding these individuals over a five-year period to see if there were any differences in dementia risk between individuals who took different types of diabetes medication.

The researchers reportedly found a connection between one type of diabetes medication and reduced dementia risk. Specifically, the researchers found that the individuals that took the medication metformin had around a 20 percent lower likelihood of developing dementia than the individuals who took medications in the sulfonylurea class.

It is important to note that, while the study's results indicate that there is a link between metformin and reduced dementia risk, the results do not necessarily mean there is a cause-and-effect relationship between the two.

It will be interesting to see what future studies are conducted on the link between metformin and reduced dementia risk and what results such studies yield. Dementia can cause a great deal of harm to its victims. Thus, a drug that could help lower the risk of the development of this condition for diabetes sufferers could be of great benefit.

Diabetes and dementia can impact a person's ability to work and can have a wide variety of other significant impacts on a person's life. If a person has a condition which has affected their ability to work, he or she may wish to consider meeting with an experienced Social Security disability benefits attorney to discuss options for seeking relief.

Source: U.S. News & World Report, "Diabetes Drug May Protect the Brain," Serena Gordon, July 15, 2013

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