Obese Teens with Type 2 Diabetes Show Brain Abnormalities on MRI

Dr. Antonio Convit of New York University Langone Medical Center in New York City Says that not only do obese adolescents have a higher risk of developing type 2 diabties they also run the risk of brain abnormalities.

A group of obese adolescents that not only developed type 2 diabetes with no risk such as hereditary genes but also their brains when scanned using an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imagining) were found to have changes in the white matter.

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The changes in the white matter make it harder for these diabetic children to concentrate and learn certain things such as spelling. The findings also concluded that their intellectual functioning was off compared to non-diabetic adolescents.

At this point doctors do not know if this damage in the brain matter is reserve able or not. If the diabetes is under control and well managed the brain function may be reversible.

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