Back to Ask the Diabetes Team Ask the Diabetes Team

From Natick, Massachusetts, USA:

I am looking for information regarding autistic children and diabetes. My seven year old son was diagnosed with PDD-NOS (Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified/Autism) and also has type 1 diabetes. I have noticed that when he is frustrated or has autistic related mood swings, his blood sugar readings are high. I know that stress can cause high blood sugar levels, and it seems that his autism affects his diabetes and vise versa. Have there been any studies of how autism affects diabetes?


I do not know of specific studies about children with both autism and diabetes. I have several such patients. I suspect that you are correct that this is a non-specific stress response, most likely mediated through adrenaline and cortisol responses, both stress related hormones that would also raise blood glucose levels. Keeping detailed blood glucose records during such episodes will help you sort this out. Also, review your observation with your diabetes team since they can provide much more specific information and advice.


Original posting 16 Nov 2004
Posted to Other


  Back to Ask the Diabetes Team Return to the Top of This Page

Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:10:00
This Internet site provides information of a general nature and is designed for educational purposes only. If you have any concerns about your own health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a physician or other health care professional.

This site is published by T-1 Today, Inc. (d/b/a Children with Diabetes), a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, which is responsible for its contents. Our mission is to provide education and support to families living with type 1 diabetes.
By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use, Legal Notice, and Privacy Policy.
© Children with Diabetes, Inc. 1995-2018. Comments and Feedback.