November 12, 2013

Anxious Moms Affecting Control inT1D Kids


anxious-momsEvery parent fears for their child’s well-being. Having a child with T1D is another thing that can add to the laundry list of concerns. A study published in the International Journal of Behavioral Medicine had surprising findings on the influence fear can impose on diabetes control in kids.

The title of being overprotective or overbearing is a dubious distinction often given to mothers. In the stick situation of blood glucose control with T1D kid, this behavior is often exacerbated in the dark, at nighttime. Researchers took the time to better understand this relationship and how it can affect the glucose control of T1D kid.

The study consisted of 71 mothers and their kids, under the age of 13 years old. At the beginning of the study, mothers were surveyed for their fear of low blood sugars and perceptions of diabetes, in their lives.

Researchers also took self-reported daily blood sugars, for 1 week. Over 3 months, HbA1c, blood sugars were collected. Despite being monitored over the 3 months, mothers who were found to have elevated fears of their child’s glucose control, had children that exhibited higher glucose levels. This was irrelevant to the age of diagnosis or duration of T1D.

At first glance, you would think that mothers who worry about their kids glucose control are super careful about the numbers. But quite the contrary is that these mother’s are scared to take the bull by the horns and control the beast within. In doing so, they slack on their child’s glucose control and let it run high.

At the end of the day, this relaxes the concerns of mom for encountering the life-threatening lows her child can have. However, when Tommy or Jenny is 32 years old, the chances of diabetic complications 20 years later will cause more anxiety and fear than their mom had when letting them run higher, when they were kids.

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