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High A1C tied to mental decline after stroke in diabetes

A 1% rise in baseline hemoglobin A1C was tied to a 0.06 lower standardized Cognitive Abilities Screening Instrument score -- which measures attention, concentration, short- and long-term memory, language abilities and other mental skills -- among patients with diabetes who had a lacunar stroke. The findings, published in the Journal of the Endocrine Society, also yielded similar results after several adjustments for factors such as age, sex, race and education, among others.

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