A recent study on high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes has established an interesting correlation between cognitive function and the aforementioned conditions. Cognitive Science Researcher, Dr. Ileana Berman shares her thoughts on this new information:

The effects of high blood pressure and diabetes on the body are no secret.  Though specifics often open doors for further considerations, the reality of an affect on the body is certain.  However, now, a recent study conducted by UK Biobank is drawing attention to new potential conclusions.  A research team analyzed more than 22,000 MRI brain scans, along with information regarding participants’ clinical, demographic and cognitive data.

According to this study, performed largely by Michele Veldsman, an Oxford University neurologist, and her team, there is a solid link between the presence of high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and increased cognitive decline.  While it is currently uncertain what this will mean in terms of future studies and research, Dr. Ileana Berman is interested in what this new information may lead to.  At the very least, this study can potentially provide answers to middle-aged individuals who are experiencing cognitive decline without understanding why.