Journal Article


Brian A. Lawlor
Joanna E. McHugh
Catherine Dolan



mental illness cognitive impairment diabetes mellitus type 2 healthcare professionals ra790 mental health disease management psychology health management

Diabetes and brain health: implications for practice (2016)

Abstract Background It is widely accepted that people with mental illness have increased risk of cardiometabolic complications such as obesity and type 2 diabetes mellitus. What is less well known is that individuals with diabetes have an increased risk of brain health complications including depression, cognitive impairment and dementia. These conditions can adversely influence disease self-management and further increase risk of other diabetes complications. Aim The aim of this paper is to highlight the increased risk of brain health complications in populations with diabetes in order to promote awareness of such complications among healthcare professionals and encourage timely intervention. Methods An overview of the prevalence and potential mechanisms linking depression and cognitive impairment with diabetes as well as implications for detection, management and brain health protection, based on a narrative review of the literature. Conclusions Early detection and effective management of depression and cognitive impairment among individuals with diabetes has the potential to minimise adverse health outcomes. In order to promote screening healthcare professionals caring for individuals with diabetes in all settings must be aware of the increased risk of brain health complications in this vulnerable population.
Collections Ireland -> National College Ireland -> Status = Published
Ireland -> National College Ireland -> Subject = R Medicine: RA Public aspects of medicine: RA790 Mental Health
Ireland -> National College Ireland -> Type = Article
Ireland -> National College Ireland -> Subject = B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion: Psychology

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Brian A. Lawlor, Joanna E. McHugh, Catherine Dolan

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Brian A. Lawlor
National College Ireland
Total Publications: 125
Joanna E. McHugh
National College Ireland
Total Publications: 36