- Increased thirst
- Frequent urination
- Weight loss
- Blurred vision
"Diabetes is a major risk factor for vascular disease," said Dr. Spyros Mezitis, a clinical endocrinologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. "If the blood vessels are not allowing enough oxygen to get to the brain, you can get dementia."Article: Diabetes tied to increased risk for Alzheimer's
The study will "change the way we practice medicine" and could lead to quicker referral of diabetics to neurologists when they show signs of memory loss or other cognitive problems, he said.
The goal for patients is to avoid the progression of vascular disease and to maintain proper blood sugar levels, he noted.