T1D children and mental health, bariatric surgery, ADA donations and meditation

Kids with Type 1 diabetes at risk for mental health problems

A Swedish study found that children with Type 1 diabetes were more likely than their non-diabetic siblings to suffer from psychiatric disorders or attempt suicide.

— From Reuters

Bariatric surgery …

Because it would be far too easy for a clear answer, two recent news items on bariatric surgery offer conflicting advice.

The Cleveland Clinic, on Feb. 17, reported “persistent benefits” for Type 2 diabetes sufferers who had bariatric surgery. Sometimes that means the patient had a gastric band, which limits the size of the stomach, or it could mean a gastric bypass, where the stomach is divided into a smaller pouch.

The Cleveland Clinic post contradicts a report in Diabetes in Control that said bariatric surgery for diabetics wasn’t worth the risk. The story reported on research across the state at the University of Cincinnati.

Where the two studies contradict is the profile of the patients. Cleveland’s study limited patients with a body mass index of 27 to 43. In Cincinnati, the researchers were reporting on patients with a BMI in excess of 62.

But let’s face it, bariatric surgery with a BMI of 27? My iPhone app says my BMI is 28, and I can’t imagine undergoing such an invasive procedure.

Donate to the American Diabetes Association

The American Diabetes Association has an easy way for you to contribute to the search for a cure. Here’s the online donation form.

Meditation versus Medication

A new study, reported in Diabetes Insider, says “mindfulness meditation” can help address sleep problems, which can be a problem for people with diabetes. The researchers concluded meditation training “appears to have at least some clinical usefulness” in correcting sleep issues.

Johns Hopkins School of Public Health associate professor Adam Spira comments, “Cognitive behavioral therapy is highly effective.” He adds, “What I found most interesting about this [mindfulness] approach is that it’s a non-drug option, and it’s accessible to the community at large.”


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