A study just published in the Journal of Neurology evaluated patients with type two diabetes who are likely to have low blood flow to the brain, questioning if this can affect affect thinking skills. Among 40 participants (average age 66 years) 19 had type 2 diabetes and 21 did not have any problems with blood sugar metabolism. Participants were followed for two years monitoring their memory, thinking and blood flow (via MRI). Inflammation and average blood sugar (A1c) were also measured. At the end of the two year period, researchers discovered that participants who had type 2 diabetes had less blood flow to the brain and lower memory and thinking scores. The study also revealed that the higher the inflammation the lower the blood flow to the brain was regardless of participants’ blood sugar levels. What have been your most successful ways in encouraging patients to keep their blood sugar under control?
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