Got Alzheimer's Disease? Check for Diabetes, Too

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Hi, I'm Dr. Miller. Here's important news if you or a loved one have early Alzheimer's disease. Ask your doctor to check for signs of pre-diabetes, a condition that's a precursor to Type-2 diabetes. That's because a new study found that undiagnosed pre-diabetes is much more common than previously thought in people with mild to moderate Alzheimer's.

Of the 125 patients in the study, 30% had undiagnosed pre-diabetes. Another 16% had full blown diabetes. Researchers are continuing to study the link between Alzheimer's disease and unhealthy blood sugar. If you are diagnosed with pre-diabetes you can take steps to keep your blood sugar down and prevent diabetes.

Try these strategies. Walk 30 minutes a day at least five days a week, adopt a Mediterranean diet with lots of fruit and veggies, olive oil, fish and nuts. At the same time cut back on red meat and here's some good news, the same healthy habits that help prevent diabetes, also prevent or slow the progression of Alzheimer's.

I'm Dr. Miller, for more ways to stay healthy watch all our smart tips.