Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Diabetes and cognition

A study of 465 adults between the ages of 53 and 90 by researchers at the University of Alberta has found that diabetes can affect people's thought processes. The study compared 41 people with diabetes with 424 people without the condition. The study found that people with diabetes had slower response times and poorer executive functioning which is the ability to focus, to work with new information to solve problems and to give thoughtful answers to questions. Diabetes is known to raise the risk of Alzheimer's disease and the high blood sugar levels caused by the condition can damage both blood vessels and nerves.

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