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Developing diabetes in middle age may lead to brain cell loss later in life
Developing diabetes in middle age may lead to brain cell loss later in life (March 20, 2014 - Insidermedicine) From Minnesota - A new report published in Neurology finds that those who develop diabetes in middle age are at raised risk of losing memory and thinking skills later in life. Researchers studied thinking and memory skills in over 1,400 individuals with an average age of 80. 72 participants had developed diabetes in middle age, and nearly 1,200 did not have diabetes at all. Results showed that those who developed the disease in middle age were 2x more likely to have thinking and memory problems than those without the disease. They also had 2.9% smaller average total brain volume--indicating brain cell loss.
 
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