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Study Showing Link Between Alzheimer's Disease and Type 2 Diabetes

Posted by Brian Shevel on 4 December 2013

Toronto, Canada (PRWEB), December 4, 2013 - Home Care Assistance - Toronto / York Region, the leading provider of non-medical and in-home senior care in the Greater Toronto Area, is weighing in on a recent study showing a link between Alzheimer's disease and type 2 diabetes. The company is also announcing the top benefits of using an in-home caregiver to help those suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

Researchers from Albany University in New York State say they have uncovered evidence that Alzheimer's may actually be the late stages of type 2 diabetes. The researchers believe the excess insulin that people with type 2 diabetes produce disrupts key chemicals in the brain. This would also explain why roughly three-quarters of those with type 2 diabetes develop Alzheimer's. (Source: Edmonds, L. and Borland, S., "Could Alzheimer's be Type 2 diabetes? Scientists claim extra insulin produced by those with disease disrupts brain chemistry," The Daily Mail web site, December 1, 2013; www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2516438/Could-Alzheimers-Type-2-diabetes-Scientists-claim-extra-insulin-produced-disease-disrupts-brain-chemistry.html.)

"The medical community has long suspected there was an increased risk of Alzheimer's for those with type 2 diabetes," says Lester Fix, executive vice president of Home Care Assistance Toronto / York Region. "It's quite possible that this link has gone undetected since people with type 2 diabetes, because they are often obese, tend to have a short life expectancy."

In Canada, an estimated 500,000 people suffer from Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia. Type 2 diabetes, on the other hand, is one of the fastest-growing diseases in Canada, with more than 60,000 new cases reported annually. (Sources: "Statistics," Alzheimer Society Toronto web site; www.alzheimertoronto.org/ad_Statistics.htm, last accessed December 3, 2013; "Type 2 diabetes," Healthy Canadians web site, November 14, 2013; http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/health-sante/disease-maladie/diabete-eng.php.)

"By 2015, it's projected that as much as 50% of Canadians and their families could be facing Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia, and that number could rise significantly in the coming years," Fix observes. "In 2011, the first of Canada's 'baby boomers' reached the age of 65; today in Canada, baby boomers make up 30% of the population. By 2051, roughly one in four is expected to be 65 or over." (Source: Kidd, D., "Canada's baby boom different from U.S.," Toronto Star web site, March 9, 2013; www.thestar.com/news/insight/2013/03/09/canadas_baby_boom_different_from_us.html.)

Caregiving is a critical issue for those living with Alzheimer's disease or related dementia, Fix explains. Unfortunately, it can be overwhelming and stressful for family members to take care of their loved ones, potentially leading to burnout. As symptoms progress, individuals with Alzheimer's will require around-the-clock safety monitoring, as well as support with lifestyle and household activities.

Families considering an in-home senior care provider should look for a firm with unmatched expertise working with those with Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia. It's also important to ensure the company can tailor a plan to suit their unique physical, mental, and emotional needs. A live-in home care company that focuses on personal safety, hygiene, and nutrition; provides orientation activities regarding time, people, and places; and offers respite services for family members.

"If you are considering care options for your loved one or if you are a family caregiver in need of respite, Home Care Assistance is here to help," Fix concludes. "As an Alzheimer's Early Detection Alliance (AEDA) Champion and the leading experts in live-in care, we understand the needs of individuals who require around-the-clock assistance. Our Alzheimer's and Dementia Care Training and Alzheimer's Care Plans help us tailor our services to better serve individuals with Alzheimer's."

Home Care Assistance Toronto/York Region provides comprehensive non-medical, in-home cardiac rehabilitation services. A Home Care Assistance Toronto/York Region caregiver can help clients commit to healthy nutrition and regular physical activity and provide support with personal activities, including bathing, dressing, grooming, mobility, and eating, as well as household activities, meal preparation, and transportation.

Serving Toronto, North York, York Region: Markham, Richmond Hill, Thornhill, Vaughan, Newmarket, Unionville, Township of King, Aurora, Woodbridge, Keswick, and Stouffville, Home Care Assistance Toronto / York Region provides older adults with high-quality, consistent care, helping them live happier, healthier lives in the comfort of their home. In an effort to fully address its mobile and homebound clients' lifestyle needs, Home Care Assistance Toronto / York Region provides both hourly home care and live-in home care. On top of that, Home Care Assistance Toronto/York Region is so certain its customers will be 100% satisfied with its services that it doesn't require a long-term contract.

To learn more about Home Care Assistance Toronto/York Region, visit the company's web site or call 1-905-597-5825.
Brian ShevelAuthor: Brian Shevel
About: I am originally from South Africa from a small city called Bloemfontein. After I completed my education, I went to work with my late-father who had a wholesale business selling clothes and shoes to retail stores around the country. I was in the business till I left for Canada in 1993. In Canada, I have run several businesses in a variety of industries. Although I experienced success, I missed helping people. I learned from my parents that helping seniors was important to their well-being and of great value to the community. Volunteer work remains a priority in my life. I am a past president of Bnai Brith and serve on many other committees.
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