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Diabetes and depression triple the risk of cognitive impairment after stroke

Diabetes and depression threaten cognitive ability among stroke survivors. A study by Toronto researchers found that having one co-morbidity doubled the risk of cognitive impairment, while having both tripled the risk. Funded by the HSF Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery, the study used screening tools to assess 342 patients within six months after stroke from six participating centres in Ontario. Diabetes and depression additively impacted executive function, threatening decision-making abilities needed for independence in daily life.

Principal researchers: Walter Swardfager (shown in the photo above) and Bradley MacIntosh at Sunnybrook.

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