Study links brain tangles and diabetes independently of Alzheimer's - Medical News Today

The study was based on data from the US Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative. It looked at the relationship between type 2 diabetes and the loss of brain cells and their connections, the levels of beta-amyloid and tangles of protein in the spinal fluid of the participants.

On average, those in the study with diabetes had 16 picograms per milliliter greater levels of the tau protein in the spinal and brain fluid regardless of whether they had been diagnosed with dementia. It is these tangles, according to Dr. Srikanth, that may eventually contribute to the development of dementia.

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