November 10, 2011
Diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease are very different disorders; however, they may have something very interesting in common – treatment. New research suggests that insulin, the same drug used to treat diabetes, may also be effective in staving off the symptoms of Alzheimer’s.
Participants in the study who took a daily dose of insulin nasal spray over the course of four months maintained higher scores on general cognitive ability tests. Brain scans also revealed that those in the insulin-treated group preserved their ability to properly process glucose in the brain, a function which helps brain cells perform functions related to memory.