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Do you think chronic disease like diabetes and learning disabilities are somehow related?

8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Quang Nguyen
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Not likely

Some chronic diseases can be associated with learning disability but diabetes specifically is not one of them. There are millions of highly functioning professional diabetics walking around in the world.

In brief: Not likely

Some chronic diseases can be associated with learning disability but diabetes specifically is not one of them. There are millions of highly functioning professional diabetics walking around in the world.
Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Dr. Samuel Hunter
Neurology
2 doctors agree

In brief: No relationship

Diabetes only injures the brain after many years of poor control.
Type i diabetes, which usually occurs in young people, is an autoimmune condition initially, followed by the consequences of uncontrolled blood sugar on many organs. Type 2 diabetes, the far more common, usually occurs in older obese adults, and is a significant risk factor for strokes and alzheimer's dementia.

In brief: No relationship

Diabetes only injures the brain after many years of poor control.
Type i diabetes, which usually occurs in young people, is an autoimmune condition initially, followed by the consequences of uncontrolled blood sugar on many organs. Type 2 diabetes, the far more common, usually occurs in older obese adults, and is a significant risk factor for strokes and alzheimer's dementia.
Dr. Samuel Hunter
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Dr. Martin Raff
Agree with Dr. Hunter, unless you are having episodes of extremely low blood sugar (which can create damage to the brain because glucose is its only energy source), other sources of brain damage would relate only to the major long-term complications of diabetes.
Dr. William Singer
Pediatrics - Neurology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Not related

these two conditions are not related.

In brief: Not related

these two conditions are not related.
Dr. William Singer
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Dr. Traci Buxton
Family Medicine

In brief: Yes

I would need more information to give a complete answer, but if you have type 1 diabetes and are school-aged, glucose fluctuations could certainly cause difficulties with concentration, focus and learning.
Please discuss this issue with your physician.

In brief: Yes

I would need more information to give a complete answer, but if you have type 1 diabetes and are school-aged, glucose fluctuations could certainly cause difficulties with concentration, focus and learning.
Please discuss this issue with your physician.
Dr. Traci Buxton
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