Washington: Researchers have created the first risk score that predicts the 10-year individualized dementia risk for patients with type 2 diabetes.Scientists at Kaiser Permanente and the University Medical Centre Utrecht in the Netherlands developed and validated the Diabetes-Specific Dementia Risk Score by examining data from nearly 30,000 patients with type 2 diabetes aged 60 and older over a 10-year period.They found eight factors that were most predictive of dementia- including microvascular disease, diabetic foot and cerebrovascular disease - and assigned each a value related to their association with dementia to create an overall score for patients. The researchers found that individuals in the lowest category of the 20-point risk score had a 5.3 percent chance of developing dementia over the next 10 years, while those in the highest category had a 73 percent chance. Compared with those in the lowest category, those in the highest were 37 times more likely to get dementia, according to the study.
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