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Poor impulse control associated with Type 2 Diabetes

A recent study published in the online journal BioPsychoSocial Medicinereveals that type 2 diabetics were much more likely to demonstrate poor impulse control in psychological testing than healthy people. Standard testing of impulse control of newly diagnosed diabetics resulted in the diabetics making about 50% more errors of commission than normal controls, regardless of whether they were overweight. Cognitive impairment did not play a role because the diabetic patients performed just as well as controls did on the Wisconsin Card Sorting Test of executive function. The findings of this study may explain why diabetic patients have difficulty adjusting to the lifestyle changes? of avoiding high-fat foods and daily exercise. Researchers would like to conduct further studies to determine the potential causal role of impulsivity in the development of type 2 diabetes. This could lead to the development of psycho-behavioral interventions aimed at improving impulse control which could be helpful in preventing or treating type 2 diabetes. Andrea Schumann Staff Writer

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