Parents of children with type 1 diabetes need to know what their blood pressure and blood sugar are, according to a new study.
Researchers at Harvard Medical School analyzed data from more than 300,000 children with diabetes, and found that children with low blood pressure are twice as likely to have high blood sugar, and that children who have low blood sugar have higher levels of platelets and platelets with high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol.
“In children with impaired glucose control, we know that blood pressure can be elevated,” said Dr. Peter A. Koopman, the study’s lead author and a professor of pediatrics and medicine at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
“We know that there’s a link between blood pressure status and blood glucose.
It may not be clear, but it is the best we have right now.”
Koopman and his team conducted the study to better understand the impact of blood pressure on diabetes.
They used data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) to track how much glucose and triglycerides a child’s blood pressure was above a safe threshold.
The team also collected data on blood pressure from parents, who provided data on their children’s blood pressures and glucose levels.
They then calculated the average blood pressure of children in the study.
Their results were presented in the journal Circulation.
The researchers found that the children with the lowest blood pressure had the highest triglycerides, while those with the highest blood pressure also had the most triglycerides.
These differences persisted even after controlling for diabetes and age.
In fact, the children whose blood pressure levels were the lowest had the lowest triglycerides in the blood, but had the largest increase in triglycerides from high blood pressure.
Koop, who has been researching diabetes for decades, said he is concerned that many parents are not taking this information seriously.
“I have a lot of sympathy for parents who have been told, ‘Your child has low blood, high triglycerides and low HDL,'” Koop said.
“I think it’s important that parents recognize this, because I think they’re often over-diagnosing their child with type 2 diabetes.”
The researchers said their findings show that children are more likely to develop diabetes as a result of blood pressures below a safe level.
They said they were surprised by the differences in blood pressure between children with and without type 1.
“This is not the first study showing this, and it’s not the last one,” Koop told ABC News.
“It’s very important for parents to take this information very seriously.
There is a very real risk of type 2 children developing diabetes.”
Kop said the study may have limitations.
The study was based on data from only one state, so there is no way to be sure that the results would hold true across the country.
“There’s a lot that we don’t know about the relationship between blood pressures, triglycerides levels and diabetes,” Kop said.
“It’s not clear whether it’s a good thing for blood pressure to be higher, or it’s bad for blood volume to be high.”ABC News’ Lisa Mottram contributed to this report.