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Apr
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Study: High blood sugar harms brain tissue

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diabetesPeople living with diabetes who keep tight control of blood sugars may be doing a great favor to their brains, according to a study released this week from the University of Pennsylvania. The study found that patients with type 2 diabetes had a higher risk for brain degeneration.

The environment of high blood sugar can not only damage the heart and kidneys, but also may harm the brain in two ways, the researchers concluded. Patients with severe forms of the disease had less brain tissue, based on MRI scans of their brains, than those with milder cases of diabetes — even when those people’s blood pressure was under control through treatment.

For every 10 years a person has diabetes, the brain looks two years older than other people without the disease in the same age range.

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) has long warned that diabetes increases the risk of stroke. A stroke happens when the blood supply to part of your brain is suddenly blocked damaging the brain tissue. Most strokes happen because a blood clot blocks a blood vessel in the brain or neck. A stroke can cause movement problems, pain, numbness and issues with thinking, memory or speaking.

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