Editorials

Support for young people with diabetes

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.333.7558.55 (Published 06 July 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:55
  1. Carine de Beaufort, consultant in paediatric endocrinology (debeaufort.carine@chl.lu),
  2. Peter Swift, consultant paediatric endocrinologist
  1. Clinique Pédiatrique de Luxembourg, 4 rue Barblé, Luxembourg 1210
  2. Leicester Royal Infirmary Children's Hospital, University Hospitals Leicester, Leicester LE1 5WW

    Reducing psychological distress may improve metabolic control

    The prevalence in Europe of insulin dependent (type 1) diabetes in children by age 15 is about 3 per 1000 and rising at roughly 2-5 % yearly.1 This complex and chronic illness interferes with almost every aspect of day to day life and can be a considerable burden for the child and the family. Therapeutic goals include “promotion of optimal health, social wellbeing and quality of life for all diabetic children around the world.”2

    Living with diabetes entails continuous daily attention to a complex array of management options, including insulin administration and dose adjustments around variable meals and exercise, blood glucose monitoring and its interpretation, maintaining a healthy diet, and understanding the need for early detection of both acute and long term complications. This is daunting for many young people. In this week's BMJ Winkley …

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