Severe hypos ‘escalate cognitive decline’ in type 1 diabetes

A study spanning three decades also shows higher HbA1c and hypertension contribute to impairment as patients grow older
Clare Pain
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Poor glycaemic control leads to premature ageing in people with type 1 diabetes, with cognitive deficits apparent by the age of 60, according to findings from a longitudinal study.

Researchers have found high HbA1c, hypertension and a history of repeated severe hypoglycaemic events are associated with decrements in psychomotor and mental capacity in a dose-response manner.