NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Diabetes begins to reduce the size of the brain when it occurs in middle age, and causes faster mental decline in the elderly, according to a recent study.
The scientists found that elderly people with type 2 diabetes experienced a marked decrease in memory and verbal fluency over five years, the Daily Mail reported.
It is disturbing that they found at the start of the study that participants, who were at the age of 68 on average, already showed signs of brain damage, and scientists believe that the damage began years ago, and the effects have a significant impact on the 3.7 million people in Britain suffer from diabetes.
Diabetes is one of the fastest growing health problems in the country, doubling its number in just 20 years.
The main cause of the disease is obesity, with about 90% of people with type 2 diabetes being obese, and therefore associated with lifestyle and diet.
Diabetes itself is a major health problem; it exposes the kidney, heart, eyes, and nerves to danger.
The study, published in detail in the journal "Diabetologia" medical, led by the University of Tasmania, that the disease has a significant impact on the brain, and can lead to the disease of dementia.
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