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Thursday, June 25, 2015

High blood sugar linked to reduced brain growth in children with Type 1 diabetes

http://scopeblog.stanford.edu/2014/12/11/high-blood-sugar-linked-to-reduced-brain-growth-in-children-with-type-1-diabetes/

"Some areas of the brain grow more slowly in children with Type 1 diabetes than those without, according to findings published this week in Diabetes. Researchers also found that children with the highest and most variable blood sugar levels had the slowest brain growth.

Glucose, the main form of sugar in our blood, is the brain’s primary fuel, and in Type 1 diabetes, the body loses the ability to produce a key hormone needed to regulate blood sugar levels. Type 1 diabetes treatment for children has often focused on making sure their glucose levels don’t get too low, since very low glucose can quickly put someone into a coma. But it’s emerging that chronically-high sugar is also bad for the brain."

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