A study recently found out that if children undergo extreme psychological stress during their childhood are at an increased risk of developing type 1 diabetes.
Incidences such as the death of a close family member, divorce or separation, illness or the addition of another male in the family, can increase mental stress on children. The body’s immune system itself gets involved when it kills the beta cells responsible for the production of insulin. The study also shed light on the fact that children who were exposed to these stressful experiences early on during their childhood were thrice more at risk of contracting type 1 diabetes as compared to even those children who were genetically liable to get type 1 diabetes.
“This study concludes that the experience of a serious life event (reasonably indicating psychological stress) during the first 14 years of life may be a risk factor for developing Type-1 diabetes,” said the study by researchers from Linköping University in Sweden.
All families were invited for the survey who had babies born between October 1, 1997 and September 30, 1999. The subsample included a vast number of 10,495 families participating in at least one of four data collections carried out when the children were between two and 14 years of age.
Hence, in order to avoid a high risk of type 1 diabetes in children, it should be to it that children do not encounter a traumatic childhood. Stable, peaceful and loving environment should be provided to the child in order to ensure that their mental state of mind remains healthy. Through this study, it has been confirmed that a poor mental state in turn also takes a toll on the person’s physical health in the form of such diseases as type 1 diabetes.