Diabetes high amongst UK children

Mon, 23 Jun 2008
According to leading UK diabetes charity Diabetes UK, the National Health Service must take on the shocking levels of young children being admitted to hospital with diabetes .

The charity claimed that as many as 3,300 children in England were admitted to accident and emergency with diabetes between April 2006 and March 2007. The statistic encompassed over 25% of the 12,000 plus people admitted with diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) over the period.

Ketoacidosis is a dangerous complications of high blood glucose levels. If untreated, the condition can lead to coma. The chief executive of Diabetes UK, Douglas Smallwood, was reported in the news as commenting:

"The number of children being rushed to A&E with such a life-threatening complication (as DKA) is shocking. With increased awareness and education and more investment from the NHS in special paediatric diabetes care, the number of emergency admissions could be dramatically reduced."
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