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Predictors of Late-Life Cognitive Health in Type 1 Diabetes

There is evidence that middle aged-adults with Type 1 diabetes have deficits in cognitive function and are more likely to be diagnosed with depression . Although it is well established that elderly individuals with type 2 diabetes are at double the risk of cognitive impairment and dementia, it remains unknown whether elderly individuals with Type 1 diabetes are also at greater risk for accelerated cognitive aging. The goal of this study is to characterize the extent of cognitive decline in a cohort of elderly individuals with Type 1 diabetes. Aims will focus on examining the role of insulin, depression, and hyper/hypoglycemic events on cognitive decline.

Investigator: Whitmer, Rachel

Funder: National Institute on Aging

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