American Diabetes Association, Early Cognitive Function Evaluation: A Tool to Improve Quality of Care

“Poor glycemic control is associated with a decline in cognitive function. The presence of cognitive impairment can make it challenging for clinicians to help their patients reach individual glycemic, blood pressure, and lipid targets.”

ADA Recommendations:

– Screening for early detection of mild cognitive impairment or dementia and depression is indicated for adults 65 years of age or older at the initial visit and annually as appropriate.

– Screening for cognitive impairment should additionally be considered in the presence of a significant decline in clinical status.

ADA Clinical Practice Recommendations 2019


Optometrists can recommend lifestyle changes to delay vision impairment and at the same time help maintain both cognitive function and physical health as people age.

Dr. Scott Sedlacek, OD.


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