A recent study shows that in children with type 1 diabetes, high blood glucose (sugar) levels are associated with an increase in externalizing behaviors such as aggression, delinquency and hyperactivity, Reuters Health reports.
The researchers investigated this issue in a study of 42 children aged 5 to 10 years who had type 1 diabetes for more than 2 years. 40 children received insulin twice daily and 2 received insulin three or four times daily.
Each subject carried a glucose monitor twice (for a difference of 6 months) (for 72 hours).
The overall glucose level was higher than normal, as were the types of behavior.
If glucose had a normal level, their behavior stabilized, and if glucose levels increased, their behavior became more and more externalized.
The researchers warn that this type of behavior can affect their family and school life.
October 5, 2007