According to a recent study at the Boston Joslin Diabetes Center, intensively treating type 1 diabetes does not damage the long-term performance of the brain.
The news, published this month in the New England Journal of Medicine, was recorded following studies on over 1,000 diabetes patients who were followed over an eighteen-year period.
Alan Jacobso, MD, the head of Behavioural and Mental Health Research at Josli, and a psychiatry professor at Harvard Medical School, reportedly commented that the study: provides further support for the safety of intensive diabetes therapy.”
The patients studied took mental skill and memory tests before being split into two groups. Once group was given intensive insulin therapy whilst the other managed their diabetes less intensively.
Jacobson concluded: “While acute episodes of hypoglycemia can impair thinking and can even be life-threatening, type 1 diabetes patients do not have to worry that such episodes will impair their long-term abilities to perceive, reason, and remember.”

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