The Benefits of Pet Ownership for Kids with Type 1 Diabetes

July 20, 2016 in Aerowood Animal Hospital

Pets Kids Diabetes

Research abounds on the benefits of pet ownership for the young and old alike. A new study adds to this body of research finding that caring for a family pet helps children manage type 1 diabetes. Study authors analyzed the HbA1c (an average of blood sugar control over the past two to three months) of over 200 children between the ages of 9 and 19. The kids were also asked about pets in their home and the level of their involvement in the pet’s care. The results show that those who actively care for one or more pets at home are 2.5 times more likely to have control over their blood sugar levels than children who do not care for a pet. Researchers note that associating self-care with the care of a pet may be the reason for these results. In addition, pet ownership can help incorporate family cohesion, social support, and teach the children adaptability and positive coping strategies.

 

Source: Maranda L, Gupta OT. Association between responsible pet ownership and glycemic control in youths with type 1 diabetes. PLoS ONE, 2016: 11(4): e0152332. Doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0152332.

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