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Question:

From Virginia, USA:

What are the psychological effects of unregulated sugars?

Answer:

Minimal changes with generally good cognitive performance are generally observed in psychological function during acute hyperglycemia. Only if there is chronically elevated blood sugar associated with poor metabolic control, or if there is diabetic ketoacidosis, will a diabetic child become sleepy and unnaturally tired (lethargic).

In the case of hypoglycemia, there is a considerable individual variation in part because of the degree of metabolic control and prior blood sugar control. In general, learning abilities, attention and mental flexibility are the most affected psychological functions during hypoglycemia. Recurrent episodes of hypoglycemia have been associated with neurotic personality trait and patients who have experienced recurrent episodes of recurrent hypoglycemia to be more anxious and to score lower in "happiness" rating scales.

MS

Original posting 3 May 97

  
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