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Brief Movement Breaks Help Children with Glucose Tolerance

The National Institutes of Health completed a research study to determine if interrupting sitting with short, moderate-intensity walking bouts could improve glucose tolerance in 28 healthy, normal weight 7-11 year old children. The children went two times to a  medical center after an overnight fast – (1) one time they remained seated for 3 hours with […]

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Exercise and Type 2 Diabetes

Pediatrics published a systemic research review of a quantitative estimate of the effectiveness of exercise training on fasting insulin and insulin resistance in children and adolescents. The following results were reported: a small to moderate effect was found for exercise training on fasting insulin and improving insulin resistance in youth. The researchers concluded that the […]

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Type 1 Diabetes and Fine Motor Skills

A recent study in Pediatric Diabetes examined the neurocognitive functioning of 68 preschool children, 36 with Type 1 diabetes and 32 without any chronic illness. The two groups were administered a number of tools to assess cognitive, language and fine motor skills. The results indicated that the children in both groups performed similarly with skills […]

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Activity Levels and Electronic Media Use of Youth with Diabetes

Pediatrics published research on the physical activity levels and electronic media use for 384 children with Type 1 diabetes, 90 children with Type 2 diabetes and 173 control subjects ranging in age from 10 to 20 years old. The results indicated that male subjects with Type 2 diabetes reported lower levels of vigorous physical activity […]

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Physical Education and Section 504 or IEP’s

There was an interesting news story this week in the Philideplphia Inquirer. A sixth grade boy with diabetes and his parents are requesting daily physical education under Section 504. The parents say that the daily exercise of physical education have helped their son “to maintain his health and alertness” to participate in school. The school […]