It has been found that type 1 diabetes may cause increased chances of becoming an epileptic. This rise in rates of epilepsy were especially prominent among those who had type 1 diabetes.
Those who have the dreaded and rare type 1 diabetes may be more prone to fits of epilepsy. In fact, their chances of contracting epilepsy were three times higher than other people.
The study was published in Diabetologia, the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD).
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune ailment. It is common in children. Since the 80s, it has increased at a steady rate of 3% per yearly basis. In more recent times, this disease has grown in children and teenagers.
Those tykes who are less than five years old show a greater tendency to have this malady. The disease carries with it many health problems along with greater chances of dying. The latest evidence corroborates the fact that having type 1 diabetes could lead to bouts of epilepsy in children.
The exact underlying reason may be hard to find, but the scientists are working on it. A group of researchers analyzed this trend in having both type 1 diabetes and epilepsy at one and the same time.
The study involved 2568 patients with the disease. Their gender and location were carefully noted down. Computer simulations were used to extract data about the situation. The proof of the pudding was in the eating. Type 1 diabetic patients consistently showed greater incidence of epilepsy.
Epilepsy and seizures seem to be a common occurrence among autoimmune disorders and inflammatory ailments. The two went hand in hand. Immune oddities, brain lesions, genetic problems and a metabolism gone out of whack led to such a state of affairs.
Both hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia tend to occur in older patients with diabetes. These conditions have an effect on the neurological circuitry and tend to cause motor glitches in the body. Seizures are the common result.
Maybe in the future, the diagnosis of children with type 1 diabetes could be treated properly so that seizures of epilepsy do not take place as a side effect. Until then the best we can do is remain consistent in the research efforts and keep our fingers crossed.
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The authors of the study conclude: "Patients with type 1 diabetes are at an increased risk of developing epilepsy. Metabolic abnormalities of type 1 diabetes, such as hyperglycaemia and hypoglycaemia, may have a damaging effect on the central nervous system and be associated with significant long-term neurological consequences. The causative factors between type 1 diabetes and the increased risk of epilepsy require further investigation."