Blood Sugar Control Helps Attentiveness

MAY 01, 2006

When blood sugar levels are stabilized, the attention span of children with diabetes in the classroom appears better, according to researchers from Arizona State University. For the study, the researchers monitored 4 boys with type 1 diabetes for 10 days while in class to evaluate their attentiveness. Then, the participants were fitted with an insulin pump, which kept their blood sugar levels on an even keel, and they were observed for another 10 days.

The results of the study, reported in the Journal of Pediatrics (February 2006), indicated that the participants demonstrated progress in behavior in 2 categories: performing learning tasks and "off task." Improvements in both categories of behavior averaged 20% and 34%, respectively. The differences in classroom attention "may have meaningful implications on the participants' lives, as well as those of their peers and teachers," the researchers concluded.




SHARE THIS SHARE THIS
0
 

In Seniors: Consider CMV Serostatus
When Recommending Flu Vaccine

Older people who have cytomegalovirus seem to have less robust responses to the trivalent influenza vaccine than those who do not have CMV.


 

 

Conference Coverage
News from the year's biggest meetings


Pharmacist Education
Clinical features with downloadable PDFs


 

SIGN UP FOR THE PHARMACY TIMES NEWSLETTER
Personalize the information you receive by selecting targeted content and special offers.