Child diabetes treatment getting better

Tue, 27 Mar 2007
Child patients who have type 1 diabetes may be benefiting more from intensive management, according to a fresh report in the Journal of Pediatrics.

The report, carried out by researchers at the Harvard Medical School in Boston, indicates that new treatment regimes used by children and adolescents involving frequent monitoring of blood sugar levels, new formulations of insulin, frequent insulin injections and insulin pump therapy have been effective.

According to senior investigator Dr. Lori Laffel: "We have witnessed significant improvement in diabetes control in children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes over the past decade." The study involved hundreds of children enrolled over the last ten years.

Children in the more recent groups were found to be 50 per cent less likely to experience dips in blood sugar levels, as well as having 25 per cent lower emergency room visits. Laffel concluded: "We are encouraged by these improvements, although we need to continue to find new and improved ways to normalize the blood sugars."
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