Investigating the link between type 2 diabetes and dementia

Every day scientists are learning more about the links between type 2 diabetes and dementia. Both conditions can have a major impact on a person’s quality of life as they age.

This why Diabetes Australia is supporting research into how a process known as oxidative stress contributes to the development of both conditions.

Dr Camilla Hoyos from the University of Sydney is leading a project which is using MRI scanning to assess levels of oxidative stress within the brain.

“MRIs brain scans allow us to observe how oxidative stress is impacting on the brain,” Dr Hoyos said.

“We will measure the level of oxidative stress within the brain in people with type 2 diabetes or people with prediabetes and see how this relates to changes in brain function in older adults who are ‘at risk’ of dementia.

“If we can understand how dementia occurs then perhaps we can develop new methods to intervene earlier and prevent dementia.”

Find out how you can support research like Dr Hoyos’ here.