If you have type 2 diabetes, are overweight or obese, and you suddenly feel like you’re becoming forgetful, it might not be your imagination. A study found that people with type 2 diabetes, particularly those who are overweight or obese, have a thinner gray matter in several areas of the brain.
Overweight and obese people with early-stage type 2 diabetes have more severe abnormalities in brain structure and cognition than normal-weight people with type 2 diabetes, according to a new study in Diabetologia, the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes.
Memory and thinking skills were decreased in people with diabetes, regardless of weight, compared to the normal-weight people without type 2 diabetes, the study found.
Because the study only included an Asian population, Lyoo said it isn’t clear if these effects would apply to other populations, such as Americans. He also said it isn’t known if these effects occur in people with type 1 diabetes, the less common form of diabetes.
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