Midlife Diabetes Linked with Greater Age-Related Cognitive Decline

The development of midlife diabetes was linked with a 19% greater cognitive decline over 20 years compared to no diabetes in an analysis of the community-based ARIC (Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities) study. Study participants with poorly controlled diabetes experienced cognitive decline approximately 5 years sooner than healthy individuals of the same age. Also, longer-duration diabetes was associated with greater late-life cognitive decline. The Annals of Internal Medicine analysis, which pertained to 13,351 ARIC study participants, found similar rates of decline between white and black individuals.

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The development of midlife diabetes was linked with a 19% greater cognitive decline over 20 years compared to no diabetes in an analysis of the community-based ARIC (Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities) study. Study participants with poorly controlled diabetes experienced cognitive decline approximately 5 years sooner than healthy individuals of the same age. Also, longer-duration diabetes was associated with greater late-life cognitive decline. The Annals of Internal Medicine analysis, which pertained to 13,351 ARIC study participants, found similar rates of decline between white and black individuals.