Having type 1 diabetes per se may not affect school performance among children but glycemic control could, a Danish study suggests.
“In this population-based cohort study, there was no statistically significant difference in pooled reading and math test scores between children with and without diabetes,” note Niels Skipper, PhD, of the Department of Economics and Business Economics, Aarhus University, Denmark, and colleagues, in their article published online February 5 in JAMA.
The study involved more than 600,000 Danish schoolchildren and compared 2000 kids with type 1 diabetes to those without. Even after adjusting for socioeconomic status, there were no significant differences overall in standardized test scores between the groups.
However, among the children with diabetes, those with lower HbA1c levels performed better on the tests. And interestingly, children with HbA1c levels below 7.5% actually scored slightly better than those without diabetes.
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