Type 2 diabetes potential impact on the brainPosted: Updated:
Researchers have discovered that patients with type 2 diabetes may be at an increased risk for cognitive impairment. This is a condition that many experts consider a stepping stone to Alzheimer's disease. Mild cognitive impairment happens when patients have trouble thinking and learning.
The study, that was conducted at Columbia University Medical Center and published in the Archives of Neurology, found that participants who had type 2 diabetes had a nearly 9% higher risk for mild cognitive impairment. The risk was higher if they were Hispanic or African American.
Researchers say diabetes may lead to an accumulation of plaques associated with Alzheimer's disease --- but say a larger study is needed.
The risk of mild cognitive impairment attributable to diabetes was 8.8 percent for the whole sample, 8.4 percent for African-American persons, 11 percent for Hispanic persons and 4.6 percent for non-Hispanic white persons.