If you suffer from type 2 diabetes, you know that hypoglycemia is something to be wary of. In fact, hypoglycemia is something that you have to constantly deal with. A new study links reduced cognitive function with severe hypoglycemia.
The study, published in Diabetes Care, surveyed 1,066 individuals with type 2 diabetes between the ages of 60 and 75. Those contacted were asked to return four years later. The researchers looked at the history of hypoglycemia in these individuals and performed cognitive tests to see if there were any links. What researchers found indicates that those with frequent and severe hypoglycemic episodes performed poorer on the cognitive tests for verbal, nonverbal, processing and working memory skills.
As our population gets older and more and more individuals are diagnosed with cognitive impairment, cognitive decline and dementia, this information becomes more important. We know the importance of a good diet and exercise, which can help reduce the chance of type 2 diabetes. Leading a healthy lifestyle might not only improve your physical health but also your mental health as well, particularly in later years.
Researchers concluded that hypoglycemia has a connection to “steeper decline in cognitive function” and that hypoglycemia “is a risk factor for cognitive decline.” Researchers also pointed out that those with poor cognitive ability may not be able to recognize signs of hypoglycemia and have a harder time managing their diabetes. The study concludes, however, that the link between cognitive decline and hypoglycemia may be casual, but living a healthy lifestyle can always be beneficial. Not only may it benefit your cognitive development later in life, but it will allow you to be more active and healthier for all the other stages in your life.