Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Type 2 diabetes hits teenagers' brainpower as well as their health

Type-2 diabetes - caused by being too fat and not taking enough exercise - usually occurs in middle age but more and more teenagers are also being diagnosed with the condition. Researchers from the New York University Langone Medical Center studied 36 obese adolescents comparing those with and without type-2 diabetes. The teenagers with type-2 diabetes had significant reductions in performance on tests measuring overall intellectual functioning, memory and spelling, and, when their brains were scanned with MRIs had 'clear abnormalities in the integrity of the white matter in their brains.'

You can find out more about this research by clicking on the title of this post.

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