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Re: [IP] mental decline



Article posted at the link below:

Diabetes linked to mental decline
High blood pressure also tied to cognitive impairment
REUTERS
Jan. 8  People with diabetes and high blood pressure risk not only dying
early, but tend to start losing mental abilities in middle age, researchers
said Monday.
http://www.msnbc.com/news/513204.asp



Tim Gardner wrote:

> >To test a theory of my own I had a co-worker (yes we practice on
> >each other often) administrater a new cognitive test on me when
> >my blood sugar was low (65). Compared to other intelligence tests
> >that I have taken I lost an significant amount of points on my IQ
> >and in very specific areas too. Long term effect I don't know. But it
> >would be an interesting study on kids that were tested before they
> >became diabetic and to see what the scores were after they had
> >been diabetic for some time if there were changes. If I find a
> >research article addressing this I will post it.
>
> Gail,
>
> Is your hypothesis that normal levels produce better results?  There
> was a thread last summer about people who "feel" especially creative
> at in the low-normal range.  I have also heard athletes performance
> is best in the low-normal range.  I am curious whether any of this
> holds true, and if so, how the results compare at higher and at lower
> BG levels.
>
> I wonder if there are any tests which measure some intelligence-like
> quality which have the property that they can be repeated with
> precision.  The problem with most tests is that you can do better the
> second time you take them, so it is hard to compare results.  But
> surely there are some tests which would solve this problem.
>
> It seems to me such a study could be extremely important, especially
> for areas which require high levels of performance for short periods
> of time, such as test taking and athletic competitions.
>
> I would love to hear more (sounds like a great dissertation!)
>
> Tim
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