Diabetes and Memory Issues

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Diabetes and Memory Issues

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Disorientation while in a different town

Started by etta amy Oct 29, 2011. 0 Replies

My husband and I took a trip to Tucson to visit my 94 y.o. dad (who only recently has surpassed my level of memory difficulties).I found that being in a different place, with a different schedule and…Continue

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Started by etta amy. Last reply by etta amy Oct 11, 2011. 7 Replies

I created this group to find others with diabetes experiencing some problems with short-term memory who are wondering if diabetes might be a factor.There's lots of things that can affect memory. For…Continue

My own short-term forgetfulness is increasing, too.

Started by Rickst29. Last reply by Rickst29 Sep 14, 2011. 2 Replies

I'm very, VERY sorry to read that you are experiencing increased memory problems. I can feel parts of my brain "break down" in low bG- especially frontal lobe and pre-frontal lobe. I'm left with a…Continue

Lumosity

Started by etta amy Sep 14, 2011. 0 Replies

From reading what I could find about low blood sugar and memory problems, it seems to primarily affect spacial memory. When my symptoms really started to bother me earlier this year, I signed up with…Continue

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Comment by Helmut on September 30, 2011 at 3:58pm

I prefer to believe that high BG is worse than low BG. To no big surprise there is an expert out there who shares my belief. I know that I am the victim of confirmation bias. I hedge my bet by trying to stay in the normal range.

Hyperglycemia not hypoglycemia alters neuronal dendrites and impair...

Comment by FatCatAnna on September 30, 2011 at 3:38pm
So far I don't have any probs with memory after 44 years of T1 - judging from your comment Ette that keeping tighter control on our BG's might be the culprit (haven't had time to read your links yet - will read them later). I don't have hypos too often - which I hate with a passion (I'm not me). I also am wondering if having high episodes of high blood sugars aren't good either. What do you think?
Comment by Chaplain ET on September 21, 2011 at 9:58pm
What memory? And I'm not kidding!
Comment by etta amy on September 13, 2011 at 6:13pm
Mike, thanks for your comments.

It is definitely a personal choice as to where to set your target. My A1c has been about 7 for quite awhile...although in the past, it was a reflection of extreme lows and highs. Now, it's 7 with a target to stay under 200 and above 70. I realize this isn't "tight" control but I trust my endo that I can preserve my brain health, and avoid complications (which have not developed over the course of 22 years with diabetes) with this level of control. I think we can both agree that we love our CGMs!
Comment by Mike W on September 13, 2011 at 5:42pm
P.S. I'd rather suffer some memory loss that make my bg target 120 and risk other potentially worse complications down the road but this is a very personal choice. I strive for tight control and will continue to do so until they wrestle my CGM away from me....
Comment by Mike W on September 13, 2011 at 5:39pm
This is a very interesting topic. I have thought a lot about memory and brain function issues especially having spent time in the 25-35 bg area for some of my more severe hypo's. There is no question that my memory has deteriorated and that I have more fogginess but this is an unscientific observation (plus might be from aging etc vs Type 1). The current research you referernced should help clarify the situation - particularly if they can nail down an understandable answer (the research currently is focusing on the hippocampus which should be interesting). In short I don't have much to offer the group right now but I will be following with interest and looking out for other research material. Thanks. Mike.
 

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