Hypoglycaemia affects memory

Suffering from severe hypoglycaemic episodes could lead to poorer memory and diminished brain power, research suggests.

The study of 1,066 patients with type-2 diabetes showed that severe hypo-glycaemic episodes lowered memory, logic and concentration levels.

Lead researcher Dr Jackie Price, from the University of Edinburgh, said: 'These findings suggest that exposure to severe hypoglycaemia is associated with cognitive decline in people with type-2 diabetes aged between 60 and 75.

'This could mean either that hypoglycaemic episodes lead to cognitive decline, or that cognitive decline makes it more difficult for people to manage their diabetes, which in turn causes more hypoglycaemic episodes.'

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