November 25, 2013

Identifying T2D Risk with Brain Tests

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brainMind over matter is a pretty big deal, especially when researchers are now able to determine if your brain is able to determine your risk for developing T2D. The study was published in the Annals of Neurology.

If vascular and degenerative lesions are seen in the brain, can this be associated with diabetes and poor cognitive performance?

The study included data from over 4,200 participants. They were evaluated with interviews, clinical examinations, psychological testing, and laboratory tests. Scores of memory, information-processing speed, and executive function were evaluated.

Markers of brain lesions, infarctions, and total brain tissue processes were assessed on MRIs.

Of the participants in the study, 11% had diabetes.  Diabetes was significantly associated with lower scores of processing speed and executive function, but not with memory.

Diabetes was significantly associated with all markers of brain function and impairment. All these markers were significantly associated with lower scores of memory, processing speed, and executive function.

As if we don’t hear this enough, diabetes is like an organic a thermostat for the speed at which we travel through life. Pretend the neighborhood speed limit is 80-120 mg/dL. If we average 160-240 mg/dL, our bodies are going to age twice as fast. This rule affects our brains.

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