Type 2 diabetes, a common co-morbid condition across the nation and in workers’ comp claims, has recently been tied to cognitive decline later in life, when the disease emerges in middle age. Elizabeth Selvin, PhD, MPH, of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and her fellow researchers looked at data on 13,351 adults who were enrolled in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study between 1990 and 1992. Participants’ baseline ages were between 48 and 67. They discovered that patients who suffered from diabetes at the beginning of the study had a 19% greater decline in cognitive function. Cognitive decline was measured with three tests: Delayed Word Recall Test (DWRT), Digit Symbol Substitution Test (DSST), Word Fluency Test (WFT.)
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