Men and women with type 2 diabetes have a significantly increased chance of developing Parkinson’s disease later in life, a major British study suggests.
The study, involving a record eight million people, found that the risk of type 2 diabetes patients developing Parkinson’s disease increased by 32 percent.
However, Warner and his team cite two possible reasons for the link between diabetes and Parkinsons:
“These findings may reflect shared genetic predisposition,” they state in their conclusions. They also point out, there may be “disrupted or shared pathways with potential clinical and therapeutic implications.”
Warner and his team published their study last week in the American Academy of Neurology’s journal, Neurology.
For their study, researchers used English national Hospital Episode Statistics and mortality data from 1999–2011 to identify 2 million newly diagnosed British-diabetes-patients.