Diabetic Foot May Cause Cognitive Impairment: Study

Diabetic Foot May Cause Cognitive Impairment: Study

Authored by DesiMD Doctor on 11 Dec 2015 - 13:46


Researchers from Ben-Gurion University, Negev, Israel conclude from a study that diabetic patients who were suffering from foot complications were at a greater risk for cognitive impairment as compared to those who were free from such complications.

Dr. Rachel Natovich, PhD graduate from the university and team presented their findings at the American Diabetes Association's 75th Scientific Sessions in Boston.

Diabetic foot is one of the most severe complications of diabetes with patient facing a  25% risk of developing it.  It can lead to foot ulcers and if not treated on time, can lead to multiple amputations.

Research Study: In order to understand the association between diabetic foot and cognitive impairment, Dr Natovich and colleagues involved 99 diabetic foot patients. Researchers evaluated the cognitive power of these patients through a series of tests,  which was conducted prior and post  to the growth of diabetes foot. They were then compared with diabetic patients without such complications.

Study Findings: Prior to the development of diabetic foot, cognitive abilities between the two groups were similar, however, diabetic patients who developed foot complications showed poorer memory, decreased concentration, learning problems, slower cognitive and psycho-motor responses, decreased inhibition and decreased verbal fluency as compared to those who did not have a diabetic foot.

Dr. Natovich said, "This study demonstrates that 'diabetic foot' refers not only to a physical condition but rather to a more generalized complex state involving significant cognitive changes as well.”

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