Researchers from South Australia have examined whether educational outcomes are impacted in children with type 1 diabetes. The findings showed that, when the condition was effectively managed, children’s literacy and numeracy levels were similar to children without diabetes.
Recently published in the Pediatric Diabetes journal, the study analysed a combination of data from more than 61,000 children, including inpatient hospitalisation data from 2001 to 2014, perinatal and births registration data from 1999 to 2005, and grade 5 NAPLAN data between 2008 and 2015 of grade 5. Of this group, 162 had type 1 diabetes.
Results showed that, when comparing children with and without type 1 diabetes, there was no difference in their educational performance.
Similar studies conducted previously have shown mixed results ranging from poorer outcomes to no difference in educational outcomes.
Researchers believe that the difference in results between studies could be due to recent technological improvements for managing type 1 diabetes, such as insulin pumps, better diabetes educational programs, and diabetes management training for school staff.
Read the full research here.
Source: Pediatric Diabetes (Begum, Chittleborough, Pilkington, Mittinty, Lynch, Penno, & Smithers, 2020)