Almost a third of the U.S. population over the age of 65 has diabetes, about 11 million people. A study out of UCSF notes a strong association between declining brain function and diabetes in older adults. The study suggests that aggressive management of blood levels in midlife may be even more important than thought before.

A new study adds to growing evidence that the complications of diabetes may extend to the brain, causing declines in memory, attention and other cognitive skills. The new research showed that over the course of about a decade, elderly men and women with diabetes – primarily Type 2, the form of the disease related to obesity and inactivity – had greater drops in cognitive test scores than other people of a similar age.

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Katrina Schwartz

Katrina Schwartz is a journalist based in San Francisco. She's worked at KPCC public radio in LA and has reported on air and online for KQED since 2010. She's a staff writer for KQED's education blog MindShift.

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