Deficits in both the peripheral and central nervous systems are important complications found in people with Type 2 diabetes (T2D). Conditions such diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) and slowing of the neural signals in the brain have been described in subjects with T2D, which are consistent with motor control and cognitive impairments observed in this population. A good cognitive and motor control is essential for manual function and dexterity such as drinking from a glass, buttoning a shirt, and, in case of people with diabetes, checking blood glucose levels or giving self-injections. We propose to investigate motor control and cognitive function via fine manual activities in subjects with T2D with and without DPN.
If you are eligible for the study, you will be need to attend 1 or 2 assessment sessions (1-h duration each). During the sessions, a physical therapy professional will screen you for peripheral neuropathy and cognitive function. You will also perform some manual tasks involving precision grip force and common manual daily living activities.