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Type 2 Diabetes Appears to Cause Early Mental Changes

By January 7, 2009

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A study from the University of Alberta, Canada has suggested that people with type 2 diabetes may suffer a decline in some kinds of mental function. Most other diabetes complications come later as the disease progresses, but these mental changes appear to happen early in the disease process.

In a comparison of healthy adults and adults with diabetes, two cognitive areas, executive function and speed, showed a worsening in the participants with diabetes.

What is executive function? Among other things, according to the National Center for Learning Disabilities, it's the group of mental functions that help us keep track of more than one thing at a time, make plans and evaluate ideas. Diabetes also appears to affect the speed of our thought processes as well.

If there is good news, it's that these deficits don't appear to get any worse with age, or length of time that a person has diabetes.

Read the study here...

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