Gratitude Associated with Improved A1c in Kids with Type 1

The University of Auckland in New Zealand has released a new study showing a positive association between gratitude journaling and A1c levels in adolescents with type 1 diabetes.

60 adolescents were assigned either to 8 weeks of gratitude journaling, where they had to list three positive aspects of their life, compared to adolescents who did not journal gratitude (usual care). All participants had a baseline A1c of 8.4%.

After 8 weeks, those who were not assigned to gratitude journaling had an 8.9% at the end of the study. Those in the gratitude group experienced a lower A1c of 8.3%!

For full details of the study, visit Healio Endocrine Today.

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