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Type 2 diabetics are at greater risk of Parkinson’s disease, here’s why

Young people who are diagnosed with Type-2 diabetes have a 31% greater risk of a later diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease than those without diabetes, says a new study.

health Updated: Jun 15, 2018 14:16 IST
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Those with Type-2 diabetes had a 31% greater risk of a later diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease than those without diabetes.(Shutterstock)

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 show that those with Type-2 diabetes had a 31% 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% 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.

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First Published: Jun 15, 2018 14:15 IST