Summary of article from Sky News – 9th March 2015

A report from The National Paediatric Diabetes Audit found that the prevalence of type 1 diabetes among children and young people in England and Wales is on the increase.

In 2012 there were 25,221 children and young people registered but that figure rose by 6% in 2013/14 to 26,867. The report also found:

  • a significant regional disparity between the quality of care given to manage to condition
  • young people from more affluent areas fared better than those living in more deprived areas
  • white ethnic groups fared better than those from other ethnicities
  • Only 16% of t1 sufferers over the age of 12 are given the 7 key checks annually
  • 27% of young people over the age of 12 have high blood pressure, and a “worryingly high” 21% show signs of developing potentially serious complications

Sarah Johnson, director of policy and communications at Type 1 diabetes charity JDRF, added: “Although we’re pleased to see an increase in the number of children achieving in-range blood glucose control, we’re alarmed by the numbers showing signs of complications at such a young age. Improvements in treatment and early interventions to prevent these complications need to be prioritised urgently by the NHS, and healthcare professionals must be given the help and resource they need to help their young patients manage a serious, life-long condition.”

Read full report on the Sky News website

If ever there was a need for the message of doing exercise and sport with diabetes to assist with its condition management, then surely now is the time !!

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