Diabetes is a group of diseases that result in too much sugar in the blood (high blood glucose). Many often think it only affects blood sugar levels, however recent studies are showing that diabetes can also lead to cognitive impairments. Jose A. Luchsinger, MD of Columbia University Irving Medical Center has been studying and teaching about the influence of diabetes on cognitive impairment. In this blog article, we are going to share Dr. Luchsinger’s insight on the relationship between diabetes and cognitive impairment and how health care professionals can adapt treatments to assist their patients.

For years, researchers and medical professionals have studied the outcomes of brain injury care in order to identify critical factors that influence a patient’s recovery. Two such factors that have been examined to contribute to this include race and culture. Previous studies have shown that race may influence treatment outcomes post injury. This can be caused by service quality and quantity disparities, comprehension of injury and treatment processes, cultural expectation discrepancies, and differing perspectives about the impact of a health condition and its impact on an individual. In many studies, American Indian and Alaska Native populations are excluded or grouped into other racial categories, causing little to be known about the impact of traumatic brain injury (TBI) in these communities. Because of this, these populations have not been able to receive the same level of care as other groups.

If you live in the northern hemisphere, you are probably familiar with the drastic change of seasons. With the switch from the summer to the fall comes not only cooler weather, but less daily sunlight. This may cause people to experience seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, which is a type of depression caused by the change of seasons and the decreasing daily sunlight available. Decreased daily sunlight is also linked to vitamin D deficiency, which can also contribute to decreased mood during the colder months. In this blog post, we discuss what seasonal affective disorder is and what you can do to stay well during the fall and winter seasons.

Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) refers to diminished cognitive functioning in later age. It is in between a normal cognitive functioning and that lowered cognitive functions such as the kind seen in people with dementia. Mild cognitive impairment affects approximately 15-20% of adults ages 60 years and older. People with mild cognitive impairment may later develop dementia or Alzheimer’s disease (AD). While many people understand the symptoms of mild cognitive impairment, many people do not understand what mild cognitive impairment is. In this blog post, we discuss what mild cognitive impairment is.

We know that mental health plays an important role in our physical and cognitive health in the present, but it also may impact us later in life. Depression is a common psychological disorder that everyone will experience at some point in their lifetime. However, chronic depression or long-lasting depression may have devastating effects to our cognitive health in our later years. In this blog post, we discuss whether depression can cause cognitive decline in old age.

Clinical professionals and researchers alike recognize the role of nutrition on the brain and mental health. One nutrient that is still mysterious is fiber, a necessary carbohydrate that helps us feel full and stimulates digestion. Fiber is obtained from eating whole fruits and vegetables, as well as consuming whole grains such as brown rice, quinoa, and farro. In this blog post, we discuss how fiber affects the brain and why you should try to get more fiber in your diet.

Poor sleep habits can be linked to diseases such as Alzheimer's and Diabetes, but how does sleep affect our mental state? Dan Gartenberg explains how sleep deprivation impacts our health and well-being. His research focuses on deep sleep and how it is a significant part of our biological youth. In his talk, he unfolds the importance of deep sleep and how it can create a significant positive impact.

Experiencing a stroke is a major life event. A stroke may cause someone to lose cognitive and physical abilities, such as not being able to communicate or use one side of their body. Depending on where the lesion occurs, some people may experience the inability to control their emotions which can cause them great distress. Depression post-stroke is very common, owing to different factors. In this blog post, we discuss the frequency, factors, and potential remedies for post-stroke depression.

The role of nutrition on brain health is a growing area of research. In elderly people, little research has been conducted on dietary patterns. But that doesn’t mean the dietary patterns from younger individuals cannot be implemented into older adults. There are two main types of dietary patterns, healthy and unhealthy. Healthy dietary patterns are those that consist of regular consumption of healthy fats, lean proteins, antioxidant rich foods, and fiber from fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.