Relationship between glycemic control, microalbuminuria and cognitive functions in elderly type 2 diabetic patients

Gul C. B., ÖZ GÜL Ö., CANDER S., Eroglu A., Hartavi M., Keni N., ...More

RENAL FAILURE, vol.36, no.8, pp.1258-1262, 2014 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 36 Issue: 8
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.3109/0886022x.2014.938576
  • Journal Name: RENAL FAILURE
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.1258-1262
  • Bursa Uludag University Affiliated: Yes


Aim: The prevalence of diabetes is increasing in elderly populations, and is thought to be an important risk factor for cognitive dysfunction in this age group. Methods: The study included 104 patients aged over 60 years who were followed-up for type 2 diabetes for at least 6 months, in addition to 44 controls. Glycemic parameters, microangiopathic complications, microalbumin elimination, and the Standardized Mini Mental State Examination (SMMSE) scores were used as indicators of cognitive function. Results: The SMMSE scores of diabetic patients were significantly lower than the control group (p<0.05). The average SMMSE score for normoalbuminuric diabetic patients was 22.36 +/- 4.66, compared with 22.61 +/- 4.90 for the microalbuminuria patients (p = 0.84). A positive correlation was found between SMMSE scores and patients' hemoglobin values and education levels, whereas a negative correlation was noted between SMMSE scores and systolic and diastolic blood pressures and hemoglobin A1c levels (p<0.05). Patients with diabetic neuropathy, a microvascular complication of diabetes, were found to have significantly lower SMMSE scores (p = 0.011). Conclusion: Elderly diabetic patients showed decreased cognitive function compared to volunteers. No relationship was established between microalbuminuria and cognitive functions, although diabetic neuropathy was found to be related to decreased cognitive function.