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23 June 2016

A family pet may have unexpected health benefits for diabetic children

Having a family pet may have unexpected health benefits for diabetic children. A recent study of young people with type I diabetes aged from 9 to 19 revealed that those who were actively involved in taking care of at least one family pet were two-and-and-a-half times more likely to have well-controlled blood sugar levels. The reason, researchers believe, is that the attributes which are effective in helping people to manage the disease, including self-regulatory behaviour and family cohesion, are very similar to those necessary for responsible pet care.

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