Blood Glucose Control Vital as Childhood Diabetes is set to Double

September 28, 2009

LONDON, September 28 /PRNewswire/ — A recent Lancet article predicted a
doubling of new cases of type 1 diabetes in European children aged under 5,
and a 70% rise in cases in children under 15 years – an incidence rate
exceeding all previous predictions.(1) Studies in the USA and other countries
also suggest similar trends.(2)

In the latest issue of Diabetic Hypoglycemia (http://www.hypodiab.com),
Dr Tim Jones and Dr Trang Ly of the University of Western Australia maintain
that, despite modern therapy, hypoglycemia remains a critical concern in
these young patients. Their parents and clinicians may become anxious, as
many children are too young to manage their own blood glucose levels, leading
to an increased risk of hypoglycemia. Jones and Ly make the case that
‘children are not small adults’. Consequently, the approach to achieving
glycemic control in these young patients should be different to that in
adults. The authors discuss the physiologic and behavioral mechanisms
underlying these differences and cover other aspects of childhood
hypoglycemia, together with guidelines for treatment.

To complement the feature article, Professor Christopher Ryan of the
Editorial Board discusses the practical and ethical issues limiting
experimental studies of hypoglycemia in very young children with diabetes. He
makes the case for empirical observation, and comments “While well designed
observational studies will never address all our questions, they can improve
our understanding of how younger children recognize hypoglycemia, and how
their responses to it affect their mental state and behavior.”

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(1) Patterson C et al. Incidence trends for childhood type 1 diabetes in
Europe during 1989-2003 and predicted new cases 2005-20: a multicentre
prospective registration study. The Lancet 2009;373(9680 ):2027-33.

    (2) Dabelea D et al. Incidence of diabetes in youth in the United States.
JAMA 2007;297:2716-24.

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