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A study completed at Israel’s Chaim Sheba Medical Center recently found a link between an elevated risk of impaired fasting glucose and lower cognitive functioning in young adults. Researchers examined a group of 17,400 young adults and found that for every point decrease in general intelligence score, there was an increase in impaired fasting glucose risk by 11%.
This information is valuable in several ways. First, on a clinical level, cognitive function can serve as an overall health marker. Just like the familial history of diabetes, BMI, and white blood cell counts, the cognitive function could help ID those with a greater risk for dysglycemia.
From a research standpoint, these findings suggest that further studies are needed to understand better the relationships between cognition and impaired fasting glucose.
These results were published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism on October 2, 2015.