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Research Links Midlife Diabetes to Increased Risk of Cognitive Disabilities

Posted on February 16, 2016 by Disability Help Group

Some disabling conditions such as diabetes are often a gateway to developing other disabling conditions. Researchers have already found connections between diabetes and higher risks of cardiovascular complications, circulation and amputation issues, and kidney disease. Now, a new study has found a significant link between developing diabetes during your midlife years and a higher rate of cognitive decline.

A study by a research team at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health published in the medical journal, Annals of Internal Medicine, reveals the factors involved with the increased risk. The researchers found that people who, by middle age, had developed diabetes and failed to properly control their blood sugar were 19 percent more likely to experience cognitive decline. A lower risk was found for study participants with controlled or pre-diabetes.

Cognitive decline is a condition strongly linked to other disabling mental conditions such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Doctors urge diabetic patients or those in the pre-diabetes stage to follow up with their medical care closely to control and halt the progression of diabetes, as well as watch for signs of other complications. It is not uncommon for a person with diabetes to develop other disabling conditions that together make it impossible to work and earn a substantial income.

If you suffer from severe complications from diabetes or other related diseases, you may be eligible for disability benefits. The disability associates at Disability Help Group are here to help with Social Security, long-term, and veterans’ disability claims. For assistance and support for your claim, call today – 1-(800)-800-3332.