Randomized Study of the Effects of Glucose on Cognition in Healthy Young and Elderly People and Parkinson's Disease Patients
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This study will determine whether glucose facilitates memory in healthy elderly people and those with Parkinson's disease.
Condition or disease
Subjects fast for 8 hours before receiving a test to determine their blood glucose levels. Following this test, subjects are randomized to receive either a glucose or saccharin sweetened drink. A series of memory tests and an additional 3 blood glucose level tests are administered approximately 15 minutes later. A minimum of 1 week afterward, the subjects return and receive the alternate sweetener followed by additional memory tests.
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Ages Eligible for Study:
18 Years and older (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:
Three groups of subjects are eligible for this study: Healthy young adults between ages 18 and 30; Healthy elderly adults between ages 60 and 90; AND Anyone diagnosed with Parkinson's disease