The effects of type 1 diabetes on cerebral white matter

Behavioral and Mental Health Research Joslin Diabetes Center, One Joslin Place Suite 350, Boston, MA 02459, USA.
Diabetologia (Impact Factor: 6.67). 04/2008; 51(3):417-25. DOI: 10.1007/s00125-007-0904-9
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Studies investigating the structure, neurophysiology and functional outcomes of white matter among type 1 diabetes patients have given conflicting results. Our aim was to investigate the relationship between type 1 diabetes and white matter hyperintensities.
We assessed white matter integrity (using magnetic resonance imaging), depressive symptoms and neuropsychological function in 114 type 1 diabetes patients and 58 age-matched non-diabetic controls.
Only Fazekas grade 1 and 2 white matter hyperintensities were found among 114 long-duration, relatively young diabetes patients; the severity of lesions did not differ substantially from 58 healthy controls. White matter hyperintensities were not associated with depressive history or with clinical characteristics of diabetes, including retinopathy, severe hypoglycaemia or glycaemia control.
Our data do not support an association between diabetes characteristics and white matter hyperintensities among relatively young type 1 diabetes participants.


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    • "In type 1 diabetes mellitus, Miles & Root (1922) reported cognition dysfunction (characterized by memory and attention impairment) in the studied subjects. Subsequent studies in type 1 diabetics reported deficits such as psychomotor inefficiency (Weinger et al., 2008), impairment of general intelligence (Northam et al., 2001) and deficits in motor speed (Wessels et al., 2007). In type 2 diabetes, cognitive impairments include deficits in executive function (Raeven et al., 1990), working memory (Munshi et al., 2006), and verbal fluency (Raeven et al.). "

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