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People suffering from Type 2 diabetes are prone to memory decline and also develop poor decision-making skills as they age, says a research. In just two years, people with Type 2 diabetes experienced negative changes in their ability to regulate blood flow in the brain. It was associated with lower scores on tests of cognition skills and their ability to perform their daily activities. Normal blood flow regulation allows the brain to redistribute blood to areas of the brain that have increased activity while performing certain tasks. “Results suggest that diabetes and high blood sugar impose a chronic negative effect on cognitive and decision-making skills,” said experts from Harvard Medical School, Boston. The study was published in the journal Neurology. Forty participants were tested at the beginning of the study and again two years later. After two years, the people with diabetes decreased ability to regulate blood flow in the brain. They also had lower scores on several tests of memory and thinking skills. “Higher levels of inflammation were also associated with greater decreases in blood flow regulation, even if people had good control of their diabetes and blood pressure,” said experts.

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