Watching TV Directly Correlated to Higher A1c’s in Kids with Type 1 Diabetes


By: Linda von Wartburg

Every hour that type 1 children spend watching cartoons, sitcoms,and even, alas, public television, correlates to an increase in A1c,according to a study published in Diabetes Care.

The researchers, who studied a total of 538 children andadolescents with type 1 diabetes, found that children who watchedless than an hour daily had a mean A1c of 8.2 percent. From there,A1c's rose inexorably hour by hour; kids who watched four or morehours had an average A1c of 9.5 percent.

Oddly enough, there was no correlation between time spent on apersonal computer and A1c's. Nonetheless, the moral of the storyisn't to make your kids play World of Warcraft instead ofwatching Dancing With the Stars. Instead, unplug the TVand send those kids outside to play.

Source: Diabetes Care



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