Diabetes: Dementia

Department of Health written question – answered on 5th February 2015.

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Photo of Ian Paisley Jnr Ian Paisley Jnr Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Work and Pensions), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will commission or conduct research on the links between diabetes and early dementia.

Photo of George Freeman George Freeman The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

Researchers at the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Centre for Mental Health published findings in 2010 in the British Journal of Psychiatry that diabetes mellitus increases not only the risks of dementia and mild cognitive impairment but also the risk of progression from such impairment to dementia.

The NIHR is currently investing nearly £0.3 million in systematic reviews of interventions which target modifiable risk factors for dementia. This evidence synthesis will encompass vascular risk factors such as diabetes.

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