Diabetes and Dementia 


New Living well with Dementia videos produced by NIHR

The video is translated into many different languages, with personal insight from patients, carers and professionals, this film looks at living well with early onset dementia and how to get involved in research opportunities. With thanks to all those involved in making the film, including patients John Turner and Colin Telfer, Professor Tom Dening from the University of Nottingham, and the teams at Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust and Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. 

The films can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0U82RovUHQIkjnUC0vRIvg?guided_help_flow=3


Diabetes and dementia are both increasing in numbers, with 800,000 people with dementia in UK in 2012 (Alzheimer’s Society, 2012) and 3 million people with diabetes (Diabetes UK, 2012).

Dementia Document

Dementia Assessment UHL 

The Department of Health have introduced a new national Commissioning for Quality and Innovation (CQUIN) goal for dementia care. The aim of the dementia goal is to identify patients with dementia so they get the appropriate care and follow up when they leave hospital. 

The dementia assessment involves three steps:

Step 1

When you are admitted our hospitals the doctor will ask you or your family, friend or carer a specific question relating to your memory.

" Has the person been more forgetful in the past 12 months to the extent 
that is has significantly affected their daily life?"


Step 2

If the answer to this question is yes then the doctor will carry out an assessment

  • Mental tests - The doctor will ask a series of questions designed to test thinking and memory
  • Physical examination and tests - The doctor will normally carry out a physical examination and may perform a number of tests, such as blood and urine tests, to identify other conditions that may be causing the symptoms
  • Analysis of background information - The doctor may talk to you or your family, friend or carer, to try and establish some of the symptoms.

Step 3  

If the assessment shows a possibility of dementia you will be asked to see your GP to discuss this further. The doctor will notify your GP via your discharge letter. The GP may then refer you onto a community liaison team or memory clinic for a formal diagnosis and support.



Both are progressive, long-term conditions affecting the same group (older people, although 8% people of people with dementia are under the age of 65 (Alzheimer’s Society 2013). As people in the UK are living longer, this means these conditions will become an increasing problem. By 2021, the number of people with dementia is predicted to rise to over 1 million (Alzheimer’s Society, 2012), and the number of people with diabetes to rise to 5 million by 2025 (Diabetes UK, 2012). 

Diabetes and Dementia PILPeople with type 2 diabetes may have twice the risk of developing dementia compared with people without diabetes. In combination, dementia makes management of diabetes difficult, but poorly controlled diabetes can also impact on the safety and well-being of people with dementia (Biessels et al, 2006).


The following document and patient lealfet has been produced by the Institute of Diabetes for Older People IDOP, with TREND- UK.

Please click on the link at the bottom to download your copy.





Diabetes and Dementia - Patient information leaflet (PDF 83KB)

Information about the diabetes and dementia  Download Document

Diabetes and Dementia - Guidelines 2013 (PDF 281KB)

Produced by IDOP and TREND UK Download Document