According to the American Diabetes Association, there are countless complications that
can occur when you have type 2 diabetes.
Just some of the many conditions include:
Now, a new study published in the journal Radiology suggests that it may actually cause brain
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Eye problems, including blindness
- Foot complications
- Bacterial infections
shrinkage and the loss of valuable brain cells.
Researchers looked at brain scans from over 600 people age 55 and older with type 2 diabetes.
They found that the longer a patient had the disease, the more brain volume loss occurred, particularly
in the gray matter. Gray matter includes areas of the brain involved in muscle control, seeing and hearing,
memory, emotions, speech, decision-making and self-control.
A loss of brain cells is how diseases like Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia are defined.
“When you lose brain cells, you lose the capacity for more complex thoughts and
memory,” says Dr. R. Nick Bryan, lead author of the study, as well as chair and
professor emeritus at the Department of Radiology at the University of Pennsylvania.
“Diabetes may be a risk factor for things like Alzheimer’s disease,” says Bryan.
"We didn’t prove that, but we suggest that.”
Doctors also suggest that this study may help prove that high levels of insulin and sugar
may be toxic to the brain.
Another story posted on TIME magazine's website is also stating the Diabetes Ages the brain 2 years!
See full research here