Mental Health

Diabetes and ADHD

Several studies have been conducted in recent years to see if there is a correlation between ADHD and blood sugar, especially in diabetes therapies. Although there is no cause-and-effect relationship between the two (i.e., ADHD does not cause diabetes and vice versa), these studies have shown that there is a link between them. It is more common for ADHD to occur without hyperactivity in children with type 1 diabetes. Instead, they encounter concentration issues, short and long-term memory problems, decreased executive performance, and reduced speed of processing of information. It seems that the younger someone is the more severe their ADHD symptoms are when diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

People with ADHD are twice as likely to have type 2 diabetes than those without ADHD when it comes to type 2 diabetes. Given what we know about ADHD, this makes sense: the ADHD brain craves stimulation of dopamine, which is achieved by simple carbohydrates and high-sugar foods. Bad executive control, through failing to prepare meals and impulsive or scattered feeding, may also contribute to poor food choices. Eating disorders, such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating, are actually real.

Food additives are adversely affected by those kids with ADHD. A recent study10 shows that coloring and tastes of artificial foods, as well as the preservative sodium benzoate, make some children hyperactive without ADHD. Stop cereals that are colorful, including Fruit Loops and Lucky Charms. Cheerios are healthier, because the sugar is lower. Replace soft drinks and fruit punches with 100 percent fruit juice, most of which are chemically flavored and flavoured. Give him something that is dye-free and low in sugar, if your child wants a treat. Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in kids with type 1 diabetes is normal. The ADHD that often occurs with diabetes is usually the inattentive form. In infants, teenagers and adults with type 1 diabetes, difficulties concentrating and recalling information are much more common than hyperactivity.

With diabetes and ADHD, blood sugar plays a part. Brain development may be adversely impacted if blood sugar is consistently high (hyperglycemia) or chronically low (hypoglycemia), or if fluctuations between the two extremes are regular. These serious consequences of blood sugar problems with diabetes can include physical changes to the brain itself, such as scarring of the frontal lobe or a reduction in gray matter. The earlier the type 1 diagnosis, the more severe these impacts will become.

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