Home > Newsletters > Daily: Love or hate Earth Hour? > Daily Dose: Strong bond with parents leads to healthy children > Health-in-Motion 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. 0 More in Newsletters Work-family balance More: Daily Dose: Strong bond with parents leads to healthy children Health-in-Motion advertisement Other news Lifestyle Kids' metabolism may slow down during puberty Medical 'Natural killer' cell infusion may help leukaemia patients Diet and nutrition How to make sure you achieve your goals Medical Alcoholics may lack enzyme that controls impulse to drink Parenting Bond between kids and parents has long-term health benefits Medical Heavy drinking can harm the ageing brain From our sponsors How to still have a good life with diabetes Eye-Q: R50 off! Lose weight Otrivin Menthol relieves sinus congestion Live healthier Love coffee? Your heart may too » What to eat for white teeth Bad foods for teeth-whitening Do any of these drinks cause your teeth to hurt? Savour your coffee – with a bright smile Here's how to stop coffee from staining your teeth while enjoying all its health benefits. Get your groove back! » Get your move on! Morning run? 5 exercises to start your summer fitness regime 6 easy ways to make your workout fun again Some inspiration to make sure your workout routine don't become tedious.