By Kelly Young
A new risk score comprising diabetes-associated complications, education, and age accurately predicts dementia risk among older patients with type 2 diabetes, according to a study in the Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology.
Researchers used two cohorts of over 30,000 patients with diabetes who were aged 60 and older to construct and validate the Diabetes-Specific Dementia Risk Score (DSDRS). The final risk score — which included age, education, microvascular disease, diabetic foot, cerebrovascular disease, cardiovascular disease, acute metabolic events, and depression — accurately predicted 10-year dementia risk. Patients with the highest DSDRS scores were 37 times more likely to be diagnosed with dementia over the subsequent decade than patients with the lowest scores.
A commentator writes: "Ease of use and ready access to complete and accurate data make DSDRS more useful than some of the previous risk scores. ... DSDRS should therefore be easy to implement."