Children With Type 1 Diabetes More Likely to Be Hospitalized

A new study done in the United Kingdom has indicated that children that have Type 1 diabetes have a five times greater chance of being hospitalized than kids that don’t have the disease. The risk is the highest among preschoolers and children of low income families.

 

The study’s findings are not only limited to the United Kingdom as a leading pediatric endocrinology at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, N.Y. states that younger children that have Type 1 diabetes often have more emergency room visits and hospitalizations that older children and teens.

 

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that results in the loss of functioning beta cells of the pancreas, which are responsible for producing insulin. Roughly 5 percent of the cases of diabetes are Type 1 diabetes cases. The majority of patients with Type 1 diabetes are diagnosed as children.

 

The study looked at data from 1,600 Welsh infants and children up to the age of 15 years. All of the individuals in the study had been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. The researchers discovered that these children were all five times more likely to experience a hospital stay than children that do not have Type 1 diabetes.

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