How can diabetes affect the brain?

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If you have diabetes, high blood glucose levels can cause poor blood flow to your brain, making it more likely that you'll have dementia or Alzheimer's someday. A recent study showed that people with diabetes had more deterioration in the parts of their brain where problem-solving, decision-making and memory take place. Due to brain damage caused by diabetes, they also had more depression, walked slower and had more problems with balance. The best prevention—you guessed it!—is to keep your blood glucose levels as close to normal as possible.

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