Diabetes Forecast

Type 2 May Affect Teens' Brains

By Miriam E. Tucker ,


Type 2 diabetes in youth may be bad for the brain. Researchers compared brain scans of 40 young people (their average age was 17), 20 of whom were recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and 20 of the same age, race, and gender who didn’t have diabetes. Those with type 2 diabetes had about a 9 percent lower volume of gray matter, a part of the brain made of nerve cells that processes information. Next up: The researchers plan to study the extent to which obesity might play a role in the loss of gray matter in youth with type 2 diabetes.
Source: American Diabetes Association’s 76th Scientific Sessions

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