Justin Delgado is husband to Kacie Doyle-Delgado, diagnosed at age 11. After more than a decade together, he considers himself to be an expert carb counter and Dexcom inserter. He graduated with his Master of Science in Finance from the University of Utah in 2013 and has been working in commercial banking since then. He attended his first Friends for Life conference in 2015 and is looking forward to volunteering with the teens.
December 6, 2000
Question from Sacramento, California, USA:
How does type 1 diabetes affect a child's ability to learn and schoolwork? I'm interested about the high blood sugars especially, as well as the lows. I really haven't seen much in print about this, but anyone who has a child with diabetes knows this. I need to address this issue with my daughter's teachers.
There have been quite a number of research articles on the relationship between diabetes and learning difficulties. The research does show that children with diabetes have an increased risk of a learning disability, especially if they were diagnosed before the age of five. The more recent studies point primarily to the effect of low blood sugars — both multiple severe lows where the child needs someone else to bring their blood sugars up (e.g., needs glucagon) and/or has seizures from lows. You may wish to review the research in this area by going to your local library and asking the librarian to help you do a search in this area. Clarissa Holmes, Joanne Rovet, and Christopher Ryan are the three most prolific researchers in this area.