Parkinson's-Diabetes Link Grows Stronger


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A new study warns that as overweight people with type-2 diabetes age, their risk for acquiring Parkinson’s disease increase. The new Finnish study also found obese diabetics to be at a significantly greater risk of acquiring a neurological disorder.

Study author Dr. Gang Hu, senior researcher at the National Public Health Institute in Helsinki said, “These findings are important from a clinical and public health point of view. Type 2 diabetes is increasing rapidly in all populations, and its impact on various health outcomes are not fully known or even explored. ”

According to HealthDay, “Parkinson's disease affects about 1.5 million Americans, according to the National Parkinson Foundation. It occurs when certain brain cells or neurons die or become impaired. These cells normally produce a substance called dopamine, which helps regulate coordinated movement. Symptoms of Parkinson's include tremor, slow movement and difficulties keeping one's balance. ”

The study tested 51,000 men and women between the ages of 25 and 74 that had no prior history of Parkinson’s. After 18 years, 324 men and 309 women had developed Parkinson's disease. Once Doctor Hu examined the medical record of those that contracted Parkinson’s disease, he found that type 2 diabetes were 83 percent more likely to get Parkinson's.

Hu told Health Day, “It could be hypothesized that diabetes might increase the risk of Parkinson's disease partly through excess body weight, ” Hu said. “The positive association between body weight and the risk of Parkinson's disease has been found in our previous studies. ”

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