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July 25, 2001

Diabetes Hyperglycemia Finding

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JAMA. 2001;286(4):409. doi:10.1001/jama.286.4.409-JQU10006-2-1

For the first time, researchers have demonstrated that patients with type 1 diabetes experience slowing of brain function and other short-term symptoms from hyperglycemia.

University of Virginia researchers studied 105 adults with type 1 diabetes. The patients performed mental subtractions and were given verbal fluency and multiple-choice reaction-time tests. They also rated the prevalence of four symptoms, including being tired or sleepy and needing to urinate, and recorded their blood glucose levels on a hand-held computer 82 times during 4 weeks. The results of the study were presented in June at the annual meeting of the American Diabetes Association.

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