Type 1 diabetes is a condition that must be managed around the clock. Whether the individual is at home, work, school, practice, or out with friends, they must always be alert and aware of their blood glucose levels. This can be difficult when trying to balance a busy schedule.
A recent study found that the March 2020 lockdown in the United Kingdom actually benefited type 1 diabetes management in children and teenagers. Staying home and not having to contend with the stresses and challenges of managing diabetes in other situations contributed to lower HbA1c levels and more time in target range. The study involved data from 180 participants and compared diabetes management over the course of three months before and three months after lockdown.
These findings may provide more insight into how to support youth with type 1 diabetes better and where to focus additional support, whether that be at school or in the community. This may help reduce the risk of long-term complications that can stem from poor diabetes management and fluctuating blood sugar.
The Diabetes Research Connection (DRC) is interested to see how this research may impact future strategies, support systems, and recommendations for managing type 1 diabetes. Though not involved with this study, the DRC is committed to supporting type 1 diabetes research by providing funding to early-career scientists pursuing novel, peer-reviewed studies focused on prevention, cure, and improved care. Learn more about current projects and how to support these efforts by visiting https://diabetesresearchconnection.org.
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