Case study 6.1

What evidence is available to help you understand the link between type 2 diabetes and the onset of vascular dementia and what can nurses do to support and treat patients with these diagnoses?

There is a wealth of research including systematic reviews now linking type 2 diabetes with the onset of vascular dementia.

There is a range of guidance by diabetes organisations that addresses these problems, e.g. Diabetes and Dementia Guidance on Practical Management by the Institute of Diabetes for Older People (2013) as well as government reports.

All of the above can be accessed via the NHS evidence website