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Grip Force Control, Hand Function and Cognition in People with Type 2 Diabetes.

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.

Eligibility Criteria

You may be eligible for this study if you:
- have type 2 diabetes.
- are 30-75 years of age.
- presence or absence of peripheral neuropathy (symptoms of numbness or pain in your feet due to diabetes).
You may not be eligible for this study if you:
- have peripheral neuropathy because of something other than type 2 diabetes.
- have a medical problem that prevents you to perform simple manual tasks.

Principal Investigator

Marcio Santos PT, MS, PhD msantos@kumc.edu (913) 588-4343

Study Contact

Abdalghani Yahya ayahya@kumc.edu

Estimated Completion Date

Tuesday, July 31, 2018