UK Type 1 Diabetes Patients Are At High Risk for Developing Complications
There has been a significant increase in the number of children that have demonstrated signs of long-term health complications as a result of Type 1 diabetes. Charities are increasing becoming concerned that these patients have a high likelihood of being diagnosed with eye, heart, or kidney disease sometime in the near future.
For England and Wales, in 2014 there were roughly 1,000 new cases of diabetes being reported each year. However, the study did confirm that patients are becoming increasing better at managing their blood sugar levels. Type 1 diabetes almost exclusively affects children and is the result of the immune system attacking pancreas cells which leaves patients unable to regulate their blood sugar levels without outside intervention.
In this study, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) looked at young people with diabetes across England and Wales during the years 2013 and 2014. The analysis indicated that there were roughly 27,000 children living with diabetes last year and roughly 25,000 back in the years 2012 and 2013. However, only 16% of those individuals were receiving all of the seven annual health checks as recommended for avoiding diabetes complications.