Diabetes to affect verbal fluency among older patients

The Journal of Diabetologia published a study that links Type-II diabetes with affected verbal fluency. It says that diabetes not only disturbs the blood glucose levels but it also offers various other health complications. One of these complications is a decline in speech skills, especially among older patients.

The research was conducted by Australian researchers and according to them, Type-II diabetes can affect the functioning of the brain earlier than the experts first thought. Diabetes is often associated with elevated levels of dementia. Thus, the research team set out to evaluate how dementia affects brain health.

The researchers carried out a test trial, working with 705 volunteers, which lasted for four-and-a-half years. None of the participants was reported to have dementia. However, 348 of them were diagnosed with Type-II diabetes. The average participants with diabetes were 68. Meanwhile, on average, 72 participants did not have the condition.

During the trial test, all the participants underwent brain scans, determining the presence of tissue shrinkage or brain atrophy. The volunteers also took cognitive tests that determined their verbal skills.

The findings of the research found that participants with diabetes demonstrated smaller brain volume at the start of the trial. This entails that changes to the brain begin to occur much earlier than first thought in diabetic patients. Furthermore, no additional shrinkage of the brain was observed through the course of the study. Moreover, the findings suggest that diabetes hampers speaking skills among elderly patients. The participants, with no reported diabetes, didn’t exhibit a decline in their verbal fluency at all.

The individuals that find it difficult to manage their diabetes depict greater changes in the brain and intense speech decline. Thus, participants with Type-II diabetes should have well-controlled blood sugar levels.

Diabetes can be managed naturally

According to the researchers, the likelihood of these health concerns associated with diabetes can be minimized by following a healthy lifestyle and maintaining healthy blood glucose levels. The researchers suggest the following healthy habits for people with Type-II diabetes.

  • Follow a healthy diet
  • Exercise regularly
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Mentally challenge your brain
  • Regularly check blood pressure and cholesterol
  • Be socially active

Maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly are crucial to manage diabetes and stay healthy. In addition, to fight against diabetes exercising also offers various other health benefits like,

  • A healthy weight and loss of excessive fat
  • A sleep better at night
  • Improved blood flow and elevated mood
  • Lowered blood glucose levels
  • Lowered blood pressure
  • Prevents falls and improves memory in older patients

Before starting a diet or exercise plan, one must consult a health practitioner, especially the individuals with poor vision or nerve damage in their feet.

Active body, Active mind

A sound body can only work with a sound mind. If you’ll be physically inactive then how can your brain work actively? Here are some tips for keeping your body physically active,

  • Spend your free time working or walking in the garden or cleaning the house
  • Walk around talking on the phone
  • Chose stairs over elevators

If you have Type 2 diabetes, stay active and follow a healthy diet to improve your overall well-being and boost your brain health.


Areeba Hussain

Areeba is an independent medical and healthcare writer. For the last three years, she is writing for Tophealthjournal. Her prime areas of interest are diseases, medicine, treatments, and alternative therapies. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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