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Cognitive deficits complex in youths with type 2 diabetes

Key clinical point: Teens and young adults with diabetes have cognitive deficits that vary by diabetes type and could negatively impact their medical literacy and self-care.

Major finding: Average fluid cognition scores (e.g., processing and attention) were significantly lower for youth-onset type 2 diabetes versus type 1 diabetes (84.7 vs. 95.5; P < 001), a difference that could be explained by further deficits in crystallized cognition (e.g., vocabulary comprehension) among individuals with type 2 diabetes.

Study details: An analysis that included 1,380 individuals enrolled in the SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth study.

Disclosures: The presenter reported no conflicts of interest.


Shapiro A et al. ADA 2020, Abstract 279-OR.