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Researchers have identified a pathway from an individual’s inhibition to anxiety to inflammation to diabetes. Literature documents the fact that people with poor inhibition are more likely to have stressful thoughts, leading to anxiety. A new study shows a metabolic chain reaction that is associated with an increased likelihood of diabetes and high blood glucose.

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— Barbara Worthington, editor
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New Study Suggests Stress-Diabetes Link

A Rice University study has found a link between emotional stress and diabetes, with roots in the brain’s ability to control anxiety.

That control lies with the brain’s executive functions, processes that handle attention, inhibition, working memory, and cognitive flexibility. Additionally they are involved in reasoning, problem solving, and planning.

The study, published in Psychoneuroendocrinology, establishes a metabolic chain reaction that starts with low inhibition, also known as attention control, which leaves an individual vulnerable to tempting or distracting information, objects, thoughts, or activities. Previous studies have shown that such vulnerability can lead to more frequent anxiety, and anxiety is known to activate a metabolic pathway responsible for the production of proinflammatory cytokines, signaling proteins that include interleukin-6 (IL-6).

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Geriatrics Consult With Rosemary Laird, MD
Safe Travel Tips for Older Adults

Vaccinations, the effect of time zones on medication schedules, and a host of other factors are important for patients to bear in mind during vacation season. For patients who are traveling this summer, provide the following tips to help ensure their health and safety while they’re away from home.

— Rosemary Laird, MD, MHSA, AGSF, is a geriatrician, executive medical director of senior services for Florida Hospital at Winter Park, and past president of the Florida Geriatrics Society. She is a coauthor of Take Your Oxygen First: Protecting Your Health and Happiness While Caring for a Loved One With Memory Loss.
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