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Resolving Mealtime Problems in Type 1 Diabetics. (Behavioral Intervention an Option)

Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Resolving Mealtime Problems in Type 1 Diabetics. (Behavioral Intervention an Option)

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KEYSTONE, COLO. -- Children with type 1 diabetes who display consistent mealtime behavior problems could benefit from behavioral intervention by a psychologist or social worker, Maggie Powers suggested at a juvenile diabetes meeting sponsored by the University of Colorado.

"As a mother of three kids, I know there are mealtime problems," said Ms. Powers, dietitian and diabetes educator with the International Diabetes Center in Minneapolis. "But I can only imagine the level of stress and worry" when a child with type 1 diabetes is a picky eater or refuses to eat. Physicians who see children and parents experiencing this can listen, provide understanding, and provide some tips, but the children might also need behavioral intervention.

She based her remarks on results from a recent study of 80 children aged 1-6 years and their primary caregivers conducted by investigators led by Scott Powers, Ph.D., a psychologist at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Half of the children had type 1 diabetes and the 40 controls were matched for age, sex, and socioeconomic status (Diabetes Care 25[2]:313-18,2002).

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