Children and Long-Term Effects of Diabetes
It’s often in the news these days that a lot that more children and teenagers are getting type 2 diabetes, which used to appear only in adults. Doctors have identified increased obesity and a less active lifestyle as the main culprits.
But researchers are also trying to focus now on controlling the long-term complications. A recent paper presented at the American Diabetes Association’s scientific session looked at the outcomes for a group of 51 patients in Canada who had learned they had diabetes before they were 17 years old. Participants now range in age from 18 t 33. The paper revealed that seven of the participants had died before they reached age 30, 3 of them had to go on dialysis because of kidney failure, one was blind and one had had a toe amputated.
This points out the extreme importance of learning how to control blood sugar as soon as you find out you have diabetes. It’s often difficult for teens to do this, but with support from their family and regular visits with their healthcare team, it can be done.
American Medical News, 13 October 2003.