Cognitive Changes in Children With Type 1 Diabetes

Evidence suggests that children with type 1 diabetes may experience a wide range of cognitive difficulties associated with their disease. A number of studies document that these children are at risk for learning disabilities and may experience difficulties with attention, processing speed, long-term memory, and executive functioning (e.g., McCarthy et al. 2003; Rovet and Alvarez 1997; Schoenle et al. 2002). As a result, academic problems may emerge, particularly for those children who have earlier age at onset and who tend to have severe, recurring hypoglycemic episodes. Neurocognitive screening or a complete neuropsychological evaluation should therefore be considered for youth with type 1 diabetes, particularly for those who have experienced many negative glycemic events or who are struggling with school performance. Such an evaluation may well help the school develop an Individualized Education Plan that addresses needed academic and/or physical accommodations.

Diabetes 2

Diabetes 2

Diabetes is a disease that affects the way your body uses food. Normally, your body converts sugars, starches and other foods into a form of sugar called glucose. Your body uses glucose for fuel. The cells receive the glucose through the bloodstream. They then use insulin a hormone made by the pancreas to absorb the glucose, convert it into energy, and either use it or store it for later use. Learn more...

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