Worried parents could make diabetes worse for children

Tue, 13 Apr 2010
According to diabetes news today, those parents that worry too much about their children with diabetes could actually make the situation worse, even though this goes against common sense.

Those who were the most concerned were most likely to have children with poorly controlled blood glucose levels, according to a new study. The research team believed that the problem could be caused by a fear of hypoglycaemic episodes.

The study was conducted by experts at Bergen University College, Norway. Anne Haughstvedt, who led the study, reportedly commented: "We were keen to establish the link between parental emotional distress, fear of hypoglycaemia and the diabetes management of a child with diabetes . We hope that our findings will help identify the type of support that children with diabetes and their parents should receive."

Diabetes charity Diabetes UK responded, with Dr. Iain Frame reportedly commented: "Having a child diagnosed with diabetes has major implications for a family. It can be a worrying time and therefore it is crucial that the child and their parents have access to psychological support. Although diabetes is a serious condition, it is also important to remember that having diabetes does not prevent a child from having a normal, happy childhood."
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