Diabetes Also Attacks The Mind!

By Avera Latest Reply 2014-10-11 13:59:09 -0500
Started 2009-03-07 00:36:44 -0600

We've discussed this topic on here before, but today in the news doctors and researchers from Tel Aviv University have found something more worrisome: Diabetes can also *accelerate* mental decline and dementia.

They said in the article that their research sends an important message to the public. Here is a direct quote from the article.

"We have shown conclusively that there is a relationship between diabetes and cognitive dysfunction. This should be known by diabetics and their doctors. Knowledge is the first step towards action. Intact thinking is essential for managing the disease."

The doctor "points out that diabetes, unlike other chronic disease states, is a complex disease to manage and one that requires intact cognition or good mental thinking in the patient. As the mind starts deteriorating, so does the patient’s ability to treat the diabetes effectively. Disease management can then spiral out of control."

**Now that you know this…will you worry about your ability to care for yourself effectively as you age? What are your thoughts on this?**

If you want to read the full article, here is the link.


10 replies

tabby9146 2014-10-11 13:59:09 -0500 Report

I exercise watch my diet and do luminosity.com and crossword puzzles and other things for my mind and hope for the best. Keep stress as low as I can. Could be some of the meds. As someone mentioned could cause some decline.

MeiMei 2009-03-19 17:54:51 -0500 Report

I guess I will just keep exercising my brain as much as possible,keep my blood sugars under control as much as possible and hope for the best. Of course I have another problem which may lead to dementia as well, so I am double blessed.

Two painful feet
Two painful feet 2009-03-18 21:15:18 -0500 Report

My thinking is a mess. I have to ask my husband things that I should remember. I'm not only a diabetic but also a polio survivor. I have the bad memory from post polio. So I can look pretty stupid a good amount of the time.

Your Friend

lipsie 2009-03-19 02:38:40 -0500 Report

At least you have a good reason why, my fiance has no excuse…poor thing, he means well though…lol Sheila

southern_ lady
southern_ lady 2009-03-13 18:40:59 -0500 Report

I have had sugar for 10 years,I,m 61
and i can tell my mind is slipping,
I have to ask my husband a lot of thing,s that I forgot,I just can not
remember good,,but I also had a
triple-by-pass 3 yreas ago.

beauty416 2009-03-08 13:47:54 -0500 Report

I did not know this. I have noticed that sometimes my mind has trouble functioning. I think the fact that I have a brain disorder also helps my mind not to function properly.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-03-07 18:02:15 -0600 Report

Certainly none of us want to think of this happening in our lives, altho many of us may already have thought about the fact that we one day might not be capable of caring for ourselves to the extent needed - or at all.

The aging process itself often means that our minds might not function properly at some point, causing us to need care by others. I do think about it, but I do not dwell on it or obsess about it. I try to stay healthy, physically, spiritually & mentally, to the extent that I can. I try to stay active, mentally & physically, and I do all I can to challenge my brain by doing word games and games that are mind challenging, reading, learning, etc. Beyond that I leave it in God's hands.

rbergman 2009-03-07 08:29:20 -0600 Report

This reminds me of when they first started listing things that cause cancer, such as using a microwave oven. I wonder, is it the disease that causes these other issues, or the fact that we have to take medications which are synthetic products, man-made, to take care of diabetes. Just my opinion but I still think the more medications your on for whatever ailment or disease the more chance of other things going wrong.

lipsie 2009-03-07 06:57:05 -0600 Report

Well yes that is very concerning! I really don't want my kids to take care of me like that honestly, It is a lot of work and I know from experience. At that I don't know that I will be in contact with them then, most likely my daughter but still. I'll have to read and see if there is a age frame it gives that it is to be expected. I tell you, if it's not one thing, it's another! Sheila