T2 Diabetes Can Lead To Memory Loss In Middle Age
By Mike Boyle

According to the results of a study conducted in the Netherlands at the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, and published in Diabetes Care, "Middle-aged persons with type 2 diabetes showed a greater decline in cognitive function than middle-aged persons without diabetes."

For the study, researchers examined the health records and mental acuity scores of 2,613 men and women between the ages of 43 and 70 who enrolled in a large ongoing study into lifestyle effects on health.

At the five-year mark, of the 139 study participants with type 2 diabetes, 61 were diabetics at the beginning of the study and 78 developed the disease within the next five years.

In an article published online June 11, Reuters says, "the study confirmed the findings of earlier research of an association between diabetes and declines in such mental functions as the ability to think quickly and recall words, but this is the first project to test memory and demonstrate how quickly the drop-off can occur.

"Over a five-year period, decline in overall mental functioning in people with type 2 diabetes, while small, was nearly 3 times more pronounced than in non-diabetics."

Look over an abstract of the study`s results here.


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Originally posted June 14, 2010.