Sunday, April 12, 2009

Diabetes linked to Cognitive Decline and Alzheimer's


This is another broad study that links, diabetes, cognitive decline and Alzheimer's. The study included 1,066 people with type 2 diabetes aged between 60 and 75.

A team at the University of Edinburgh found,
"Either hypos lead to cognitive decline, or cognitive decline makes it more difficult for people to manage their diabetes, which in turn causes more hypos.
"A third explanation could be that a third unidentified factor is causing both the hypos and the cognitive decline.
Hypoglycaemia
  • Hypoglycaemia is caused by a lack of sugar (glucose) reaching the brain, which uses it as fuel.
  • Symptoms can include sweating, fatigue, hunger, feeling dizzy, feeling weak, a higher heart rate than usual and blurred vision.
  • More severe episodes can led to temporary loss of consciousness, convulsions and coma.

Diabetes 'impact on brain power'
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