Type 1 Diabetes May Slow Brain Development in Children

Child with diabetes
Child with diabetes
Children with type 1 diabetes have slower brain growth compared to healthy children.

Young children who have long-term high blood sugar levels are more likely to have slower brain growth, according to researchers at centers including the National Institutes of Health.

Researchers did not find significant cognitive differences between the healthy children and those with type 1 diabetes, but they believe a continuing study with the same groups of children may show changes there as well.

The findings could lead to a major shift in the way children with type 1diabetes are treated, said Dr. Karen Winer, a co-author of the study and a pediatric endocrinologist at the NIH’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), which co-funded the 18-month study.

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