Are Diabetes Patients Losing Brain Volume?
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Patients with diabetes are at an increased risk for stroke and dementia, and new findings in the journal Radiology also link the disease to a greater decrease in brain volume. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania's Perleman School of Medicine in Philadelphia performed MRI scans on patients with type 2 diabetes and found that the longer the patient had diabetes, the greater the volume loss. This was especially evident in gray matter, the areas of the brain connected to muscle control, seeing and hearing, memory, emotions, speech, decision-making and self-control. For every 10 years a patient had diabetes, the brain appeared to be 2 years older than the brain of someone without diabetes.
People with Type 2 diabetes may lose more brain volume than is expected as they age, new research indicates. Surprisingly, this shrinkage doesn't appear to be linked to the damaging effect of diabetes on tiny blood vessels in the brain, but instead by how the brain handles excess sugar, the ...
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