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Gary Small, M.D., is Chair of Psychiatry at Hackensack University Medical Center, and Physician in Chief for Behavioral Health Services at Hackensack Meridian Health, New Jersey’s largest, most comprehensive and integrated healthcare network. Dr. Small has often appeared on the TODAY show, Good Morning America, and CNN and is co-author (with his wife Gigi Vorgan) of 10 popular books, including New York Times bestseller, “The Memory Bible,” “The Small Guide to Anxiety,” and “The Small Guide to Alzheimer’s Disease.”

Tags: diabetes | brain volume | memory

Diabetes May Shrink the Brain

Dr. Small By Wednesday, 23 January 2019 04:32 PM EST Current | Bio | Archive

Nearly 30 million Americans suffer from diabetes, which makes them resistant to the effects of insulin, the hormone that transports glucose from the blood to inside body’s cells.

Glucose is the brain’s main energy source, and the disease is associated with an increased risk of strokes and dementia.

An MRI brain scan study of patients with Type 2 diabetes — in which patients produce insulin but their cells don’t use it efficiently enough — showed evidence of smaller brain size, particularly in regions that control memory and other cognitive skills.

Also, brain areas controlling planning skills were significantly thinner and showed more abnormalities when compared with those of nondiabetic controls.

The study volunteers with diabetes who were overweight displayed more brain abnormalities than those who had normal body weight.

All of the participants also underwent cognitive testing, and the scientists found that volunteers who suffered from diabetes scored lower on tests of memory and reaction time.

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Glucose is the brain’s main energy source, and diabetes is associated with an increased risk of strokes and dementia.
diabetes, brain volume, memory
Wednesday, 23 January 2019 04:32 PM
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