'The lunatic is on the grass'

By haoleboy Latest Reply 2014-05-02 20:14:52 -0500
Started 2014-04-29 15:02:02 -0500

"Type 2 diabetes— long known to have an adverse effect on the brain— has now been linked with the loss of brain matter." read the whole article: http://goo.gl/hVTker

…and all these years I have been blaming it on the 60's


23 replies

Nick1962 2014-05-02 14:29:16 -0500 Report

I’m really at a loss with this one. The esteemed professor makes no comparison to “non-diabetic” brains and I’m wondering what he feels the link is. It’s been widely known that human brains shrink as we age (up to 15%), diabetic or not.

jayabee52 2014-05-02 15:53:55 -0500 Report

Thanks Nick for bringing that to our attention. Might the loss of brain matter with those with diabetes be greater than the norm of all elderly, or occur at younger ages? The answer seems to be yes:: "At baseline patients with type 2 diabetes had more cerebral atrophy than control participants. Both the control and the type 2 diabetic group showed a significant progression of cerebral atrophy and WMH volume over 4 years. Patients with type 2 diabetes had a greater increase in lateral ventricular volume than control participants. In explorative analyses on risk factors within the type 2 diabetic group, increasing age was associated with more cerebral atrophy and increasing age and the presence of hypertension at baseline were associated with greater progression of cerebral atrophy." source ~ http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2...

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-05-01 02:28:26 -0500 Report

Ahhh, so that's why every where I go I find marbles. They must be mine. I wish I knew how to put them back.
It is so frustrating not being able to remember things. I don't blame it on the 60's, I thought it was because I am over 60.
I'll be talking to my husband and there will be a word that I need to complete the statement that just totally eludes me, so I'll try to describe the word I'm looking for and thankfully he usually knows what I'm talking about.

GabbyPA 2014-04-30 15:03:57 -0500 Report

Oh, man...you gotta stop finding these. I need my brains and I don't think the Wizard of Oz has any left to give out.

jayabee52 2014-04-29 23:07:50 -0500 Report

Just for grins I looked up this dlscussion's title on Youtube and was intoduced to Pink Floyd.for the first time. I had never listened to them before, and they were different than I had supposed. Rather mellow, really. I am now listening to more of PF as I type this..

haoleboy 2014-04-30 12:04:55 -0500 Report

introducing you (indirectly) to Pink Floyd will go on my (somewhat short) list of good deeds.
Dark Side of the Moon is one of the greatest albums ever recorded.If you haven't already listen to Comfortably Numb ( off The Wall album) http://youtu.be/Bpzxf_flm8M … and … Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Wish You Were Here) http://youtu.be/9zACEJdFOpA
'bout as good as it gets


jigsaw 2014-04-30 14:07:27 -0500 Report

Especially in dolby surround sound! I have a 20 by 14 dedicated video and sound room, and the effects of Darkside of the moon are excellent. You actually here them walk in a complete circle around the room! Of course you here their voices travel from the front of the room, right over your head to the back of the room. Great effects!

jigsaw 2014-04-29 18:18:21 -0500 Report

Truthfully, I didn't read the whole article. There are simply too many negative reports on the damage that diabetes does to the body. I prefer to concentrate on the positive aspects of managing the diabetic condition. If i look and listen to every negative report that seems to come out so frequently, then it would appear to be a wonder that we manage to live more then two years after diagnosis! Who wants to stress out over that, please raise your hand!!

haoleboy 2014-04-29 18:28:15 -0500 Report

After what I have been through the past couple years I truly celebrate each and every day. I feel I am beating the odds every day.
I find reporting on medical and health "news" humorous, for the most part. If you read what the actual people involved in what ever study actually say, 9 times out of 10 it is full of, "likely's" "possibly's" and "maybe's". But reading the text of the article and the headlines paints a much more dire scenario.

jigsaw 2014-04-29 21:06:12 -0500 Report

I kind of suspected that was the case. Now I know for sure! It's pleasing to hear that you feel that you are beating the odds. I'm sure it's a great deal tougher then many of us can imagine. Not to sound to crude, but I personally think you are kicking butt! Quite frankly, I'm impressed with the strength that you exhibit, because I know it's genuine.

haoleboy 2014-04-29 21:19:49 -0500 Report

thanks Al I have a 2 year old and a 5 year old (http://goo.gl/jvlzEl) that would like their grandpa to be around for a good bit longer … on days I have trouble getting motivated all I need to see is their smiling faces and I'm good to go.

jigsaw 2014-04-30 17:20:59 -0500 Report

Beautiful kids, and a great motivator for sure. I'm sure you'll enjoy them for years to come!

jayabee52 2014-04-29 15:13:53 -0500 Report

Howdy steve
Read the whole article and since I am 62 i can blame it on my 60s as well. LoL!

I knew that I was having more "brain farts" than I'd like, but this article gives me an understanding of why perhaps that is. I am so active here on DC in great part I am trying to slow down the rate of my cognitive decline.

Maybe I might even need to think about a subscription to Luminosity to exercise my cognition.

God's best!

haoleboy 2014-04-29 15:33:58 -0500 Report

Part of my therapy after my stroke was for cognitive function. They did an appraisal towards the end of my treatment and (somehow) determined that I was at 95% of normal cognitive ability. I was a tad disappointed … I thought I had done a much better job of partying than that.

jigsaw 2014-04-29 18:50:34 -0500 Report

Many that have never experienced a stroke, seem to function at about 50% of normal cognitive ability! I would say that you are above average in that area. Ok, so I'm no expert, but I would throw that appraisal OUT! Concentrate on good things that you have. I know for a fact that you have a few, at the very least.

As you probably know, I've had diabetes for twenty years, and by now, you would think that I am well on my way to being retarded. Well, maybe I am, but you would have a darn hard time convincing me. I found out a while ago, that as long as I am getting along with my wife, I'm a happy man (so far).