Risk score predicts dementia in elderly

The type 2 diabetes-specific dementia risk score (DSRS) was developed from longitudinal cohorts of 30,000 patients aged older than 60.

Of 45 candidate items to predict dementia risk, microvascular disease, diabetic foot, cerebrovascular disease, cardiovascular disease, acute metabolic events, including hyper- and hypoglycaemia, depression, age and education were strongly predictive.

Cerebrovascular disease, acute metabolic events and depression increased the score by twice as much as diabetic foot and microvascular disease.