06/11/2010 // US // TiffNews10 // News Desk
U.S. – A new study suggests there is a link between diabetes and brain disorders. As reported by LiveScience.com, researchers found issues with regulating insulin may also affect the susceptibility of people with diabetes to developing depression, schizophrenia, and other brain disorders.
Aurelio Galli, a biophysicist at Vanderbilt, is quoted in the report as stating of the findings, “In the diabetic population, 25 percent are depressed – in the normal population, it’s only 10 percent.”
For the study, the researchers conducted experiments on mice developed to have a defect in processing insulin, and found them to exhibit abnormalities in their behavior that mimic those seen in humans with schizophrenia.
More information about the study may be available in the June 8 online publication of the PLoS Biology journal.
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