Looking after fish improves the long-term blood sugar level
The German Diabetes Association (Deutsche Diabetes Gesellschaft – DDG) recommends a long-term blood sugar level (HbA1c) of 7.5 mmol/mol. The astonishing result of the study was that the blood sugar level of the children who looked after a Siamese fighting fish showed a 0.5 percent improvement after three months, whereas the levels of the children without a fish actually deteriorated by 0.8 percent.
There was a particularly clear improvement in the levels of children aged between ten and 13”, explained Dr Gupta from the UT Southwestern Medical Center. “Children of this age become gradually more independent from their parents and, unlike older children, are particularly keen to look after the fish on their own.
As the daily act of feeding the fish was associated with controlled diabetes treatment, the children were able to develop a routine. Feeding or cleaning out their fish reminded them to check their blood sugar level. Having a fish therefore not only taught the children to take care of a pet but also to deal with their illness more responsibly and attentively.