Type 2 Diabetes Linked To Poor Control Of Emotions, Behaviors and Thoughts

People with type 2 diabetes may have reduced cognitive abilities when it comes to the areas of the brain that govern impulsive behaviors or habitual thinking patterns, according to new research published in Psychosomatic Medicine.

A total of 60 studies were reviewed, which included 9,815 individuals with type 2 diabetes and 69,254 control subjects.

Researchers found that people with type 2 diabetes may have more trouble controlling behaviors that are rooted in natural reactions to environment or stimuli.

Managing the condition

Because many people with type 2 diabetes can experience "burnout" when trying to manage the various aspects of the condition, the current research suggests these individuals may also be biologically wired for certain challenges.

"The problem is the fact that effective diabetes management relies pretty heavily on executive function," said Professor Peter Hall, senior author of the study. "Essentially people with type 2 diabetes may be hit with the double whammy of having more need for executive control, but – possibly because of the disease's effect on the brain – less intact resources for exerting it."

Hall said improving the brain's executive function abilities is somewhat within an individual's control.

"Aerobic exercise and cognitively challenging activities - such as learning new things, solving difficult puzzles and other problem solving activities - all help to keep your brain sharp," said Hall.

Source: University of Waterloo

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