According to recent diabetes research, hypoglycaemic episodes could have a long-term impact on the functioning of the brain. A team at the University of Edinburgh found that poor control of type 2 diabetes could lead to worse memory and lower brain power.
The study covered over 1,000 people with type 2 diabetes, and was presented at a conference run by the diabetes charity, Diabetes UK . Hypoglycaemia is directly caused by a lack of sugar reaching the brain. Severe episodes can cause a loss of consciousness and coma.
The lead researcher of the study, Dr. Jackie Price, reportedly commented: “Either hypos lead to cognitive decline, or cognitive decline makes it more difficult for people to manage their diabetes, which in turn causes more hypos. A third explanation could be that a third unidentified factor is causing both the hypos and the cognitive decline.”
The director of research at Diabetes UK, Dr. Iain Framen, reportedly said: “We are carrying out more research to establish which explanation is the most likely. This study reinforces previous evidence which suggests that poorly controlled diabetes affects the functioning of the brain.”

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