Healthcare experts have long had concerns about elderly diabetic patients, especially those who show signs of dementia, understanding how to successfully inject themselves with insulin. A new method of testing cognitive functions, however, has proven to be a strong indicator for those who can successfully inject insulin and those who will need assistance.
Researchers at Japan’s Yokohama City University used a cognitive test involving animals for a group of 57 patients. These elderly individuals had been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and had just begun using insulin. Each was asked to list as many animals as possible within a minute. Patients who named at least 11 later showed success in injecting their medication.
These findings were published in the Journal of Diabetes Investigation on August 28, 2017.