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According to the CDC, “diabetes is a chronic health condition that affects the way your body turns food into energy”. More than 37 million adults in the United States have diabetes which is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. With diabetes affecting such a large portion of the population, what do speech-language pathologists need to know about how blood sugar affects speech and language in various types of individuals? This literature review explores the effects of language development later in the life of babies born to mothers with diabetes. The effects that diabetes has on adults’ ability to process language will also be identified. The roles of speech-language pathologists in the care of diabetic patients will be explored, and learners will be provided with information about how to best provide care for their diabetic patients. Speech-language pathologists play a vital role in helping their clients affected by diabetes across the lifespan with expressive and receptive language.
Diabetes, Blood sugar, Hyperglycemia, Speech, Language, Aphasia
Communication Sciences and Disorders | Speech and Hearing Science | Speech Pathology and Audiology
College of Education and Allied Health
Communication Disorders and Deaf Education
Master of Science (MS)
Fontbonne University Archives
St. Louis, MO
Slay, Tayla, "Effects of Diabetes on Speech and Language across the Lifespan" (2023). 2023 SLP Posters. 45.
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