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Diabetes May Damage Your Brain

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Diabetes May Damage Your Brain

Type 2 diabetes reduces quality of life and researchers have now found that it may also decrease certain cognitive abilities, known as executive functions. Type 2 diabetes is associated with bad performance on cognitive tests, measuring abilities involved in the control of emotions, behaviour and thought, the findings showed. "This facet of brain function is particularly important because we rely on it when we are attempting to behave in a way that is contrary to our natural inclinations or what the environment impels us to do," said lead author Corrie Vincent from the University of Waterloo in Canada. The researchers reviewed 60 studies, comparing 9,815 individuals with type 2 diabetes to 69,254 controls without it and examined their performance on measures of executive function. "Essentially people with type 2 diabetes may be hit with the double whammy of having more need for executive control but - possibly because of the disease's effect on the brain - less intact resources for exerting it," senior author Peter Hall, professor at the University of Waterloo, added. Approximately 600 million people live with type 2 diabetes worldwide, with nearly 800 million cases expected by 203 Continue reading >>

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  1. Srijony Mondal

    Human body is designed for regular movement. It’s just like an iron, keep it open and unused there will be rust on it. Sitting 12 hours straight can also create rust on your body.
    Organ Damage:
    Heart: When you sit, blood flows slower and muscles burn less fat, which makes it easier for fatty acids to clog your heart.
    Pancreas: Your body's ability to respond to insulin is affected by just one day of excess sitting, which leads your pancreas to produce increased amounts of insulin, and this may lead to diabetes.
    Digestion: Sitting down after you've eaten causes your abdominal contents to compress, slowing down digestion. Sluggish digestion, in turn, can lead to cramping, bloating, heartburn, and constipation, as well as dysbiosis in your gastrointestinal tract, a condition caused by microbial imbalances in your body.
    Brain Damage: Your brain function slows when your body is sedentary for too long. Your brain will get less fresh blood and oxygen, which are needed to trigger the release of brain- and mood-enhancing chemicals.
    Back Problems: Sitting puts more pressure on your spine than standing, and the toll on your back health is even worse if you're sitting hunched in front of a computer. It's estimated that 40 percent of people with back pain have spent long hours at their computer each day.
    Muscle Degeneration: Standing requires you to tense your abdominal muscles, which go unused when you sit, ultimately leading to weak abdominals.
    Hip Problems: Your hips also suffer from prolonged sitting, becoming tight and limited in range of motion because they are rarely extended.
    Varicose Veins: Sitting leads to poor circulation in your legs, which can cause swelling in your ankles, varicose veins, and blood clots known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
    Weak Bones: Walking, running, and engaging in other weight-bearing activities lead to stronger, denser bones. Lack of activity may cause weak bones and even osteoporosis.

    But with a little exercise which is hard enough to burn the excess calorie you take everyday should decrease the risks of these health conditions.

  2. Chan Ibis

    Based on my experience, not having enough exercise for long enough time will make you feel very very sluggish, have sleepy eyes, lose your mental focus, think slower, move slower and generally lose your ability to enjoy.

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