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HHS HealthBeat (July 4, 2013)

Thinking and diabetes

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From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

A study indicates cardiovascular disease may affect the brains of people with diabetes before they realize they have cardiovascular disease. At Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Christina Hugenschmidt looked at data on 516 people with diabetes. She checked data on hearts and blood vessels for subclinical signs of damage – with no noticeable symptoms. And she examined results of tests of thinking ability.

“People with higher levels of subclinical cardiovascular disease had lower scores on several different kinds of thinking tests.”

 Hugenschmidt says the results indicate the effects of diabetes on blood vessels impact the brain’s functioning ability.

The study in the Journal of Diabetes and its Complications was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

Last revised: July 3, 2013