Parental type 1 diabetes link to child ADHD

12 March 2018

The children of parents who have type 1 diabetes are at a greater risk of developing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), says a study.

Scientists found that the risk of being diagnosed with ADHD was 29% higher among a study group of 15,600 children who had parents with type 1 diabetes than in a control group of 1,380,829 young people who did not have the condition in the family.

Boys were more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD than girls, and the risk of the condition also increased if it already existed in the family. 

The researchers, from Lund University, said more work was needed to establish the reason for the apparent link.

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