Diabetes may change grey matter

Diabetes may change grey matter in teenagers’ brains

New York, June 15 (IANS) Type 2 diabetes may lead to significant changes in the brain’s grey matter volume in teenagers, says a study involving an Indian-origin researcher.

Grey matter is the brain region involved in muscle control and sensory perception such as seeing and hearing, memory, emotions, speech, decision-making and self-control.

“Previous studies suggested that youth with Type 2 diabetes have changes in brain structure and poorer cognitive function scores compared to their peers,” said Amy Sanghavi Shah, Physician-Scientist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Centre in the US.

The findings showed that adolescents with Type 2 diabetes have six regions with significantly less grey matter and three with significantly more.

Also, a relationship was found between less grey matter volume in the brain and the ability to pronounce and sound out unfamiliar words.

“Preventing Type 2 diabetes in adolescents is important to prevent possible complications in the future,” added lead author Jacob Redel from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.

“Our results do not show cause and effect. But studies in adults with Type 2 diabetes with longer duration of disease also show brain volume differences, brain vascular changes and cognitive decline,” Redel noted, stressing that the team only found an association between the two.

For the study, the team analysed 20 teenagers with Type 2 diabetes and compared them to 20 teenagers without diabetes who were similar in age, race and sex.

All participants in the study had high-resolution MRIs. Neither group had prior neurological nor psychological disease or prior abnormal MRIs.

The study was presented at the American Diabetes Association’s Scientific Sessions in New Orleans in the US, recently.

Leave a Reply

Please enter your comment!

The opinions, views, and thoughts expressed by the readers and those providing comments are theirs alone and do not reflect the opinions of www.mangalorean.com or any employee thereof. www.mangalorean.com is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the readers. Responsibility for the content of comments belongs to the commenter alone.  

We request the readers to refrain from posting defamatory, inflammatory comments and not indulge in personal attacks. However, it is obligatory on the part of www.mangalorean.com to provide the IP address and other details of senders of such comments to the concerned authorities upon their request.

Hence we request all our readers to help us to delete comments that do not follow these guidelines by informing us at  info@mangalorean.com. Lets work together to keep the comments clean and worthful, thereby make a difference in the community.

Please enter your name here