Here Is How Memory Loss and Diabetes Are Connected
Many scientific studies have shown a relationship that diabetes can affect memory loss. Thus, it is not a surprise to see a new study confirming a relationship between diabetes and cognitive functions. The risk for diabetics is that poor blood sugar control damages blood vessels in the brain as well as in the rest of the body, which in turn may lead to poor blood circulation. Inflammation is also part of the problem.
Poor blood circulation in the brain means our neurons are not fed properly, causing our memory and cognitive functions to slow down. This predicament can in the long run lead to dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
A new study
The new study, published in the Archives of Neurology by Dr. Yaffe and colleagues, explains how this relationship takes place. The study was posted in The New York Times.
Diabetes Linked to Memory Problems in Older Adults
By ANAHAD O’CONNOR
A new study adds to growing evidence that the complications of diabetes may extend to the brain, causing declines in memory, attention and other cognitive skills.
The new research showed that over the course of about a decade, elderly men and women with diabetes — primarily Type 2, the form of the disease related to obesity and inactivity — had greater drops in cognitive test scores than other people of a similar age. The more poorly managed their disease, the greater the deterioration in mental function. And the declines were seen not just in those with advanced diabetes. The researchers found that people who did not have diabetes at the start of the study but developed it later on also deteriorated to a greater extent than those without the disease.
“What we’ve shown is a clear association with diabetes and cognitive aging in terms of the slope and the rate of decline on these cognitive tests,” said Dr. Kristine Yaffe, a professor of psychiatry and neurology at the University of California, San Francisco. “That’s very powerful.”
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