Televisions Connection To Diabetes

CHICAGO (AP) -- A study from Norway has found that diabetic children who spent the most time glued to the T-V had a tougher time controlling their blood sugar.

The findings were based on a study of children with Type One diabetes, formerly known as juvenile diabetes.

The study's authors say encouraging children with Type One diabetes to watch less television may be important for improved blood sugar control and better health overall.

Chicago diabetes educator Monica Joyce wasn't surprised by the results. She teaches campers at her basketball camp for diabetic children that activity can improve their blood sugar levels.

But a psychologist and diabetes educator at Children's Memorial Hospital says it's not yet clear how T-V and blood sugar levels are related.

Jill Weissburg-Benchell says diabetic children who have high blood-sugar levels could feel too sick to do much besides watch T-V.


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