Type 2 Diabetes – Does Having Diabetes And Heart Failure Affect Your Mental Function?

Type 2 Diabetes – Does Having Diabetes And Heart Failure Affect Your Mental Function? – Type 2 diabetes and heart failure are known to contribute to difficulties in mental function in older adults. Investigators at Kent State University in Ohio looked at older adults with heart failure to determine if those with diabetes as well as heart failure, could have more difficulties than those with heart failure alone.
This particular study, published in June 2012 in the journal Cardiology Research and Practice, included 169 adults between 58 and 78 years of age, with heart failure. Almost 35 per cent had previously been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. The volunteer diabetics showed significantly more problems with:

attention,
planning, and
carrying out plans, and
movement

than those without the condition.
From these results it was concluded more research is warranted on difficulties with mental function in people with both Type 2 diabetes and heart failure.
Many of the same measures are helpful for preventing both Type 2 diabetes and heart failure. Eating a vegan diet with:

lots of fruit and vegetables,
not smoking,
getting regular physical activity, and
living as far from air pollution as possible

are all helpful for preventing both conditions.
The journal Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases reported in September 2011, the results of a study undertaken at the University of Sao Paulo Medical School in Brazil. Twenty-one vegans and 29 omnivores with normal levels of cholesterol and blood fats were injected with fats and their blood was watched for change. Vegans were able to remove from their circulation the remnants of fats known to clog blood vessels, faster than the omnivores.
From this it was speculated this might explain the prevention of clogged vessels in vegans. Keeping your blood vessels open helps to prevent high blood pressure, the leading cause of heart failure. When the coronary arteries, those that feed the heart muscle, are able to carry blood freely, then the heart muscle gets the oxygen and nutrients it needs to keep on pumping strongly.
The American Dietetic Association states well-planned vegan diets are also good for preventing Type 2 diabetes. It has also been found:

smoking causes damage to your blood vessels, which can also lead to clogged vessels. Tobacco can also raise blood sugar levels, increasing the risk of insulin resistance, the cause of Type 2 diabetes.
taking part in regular physical activity helps to normalize your weight. Overweight and obesity contribute to Type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Exercise also helps lower insulin resistance.
hospital admissions for heart attacks and for complications of Type 2 diabetes have both been shown to rise with rising air pollution.

To stay sharp with your advancing age, take care of your health, including your heart and metabolism.