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More children showing early signs of serious diabetes complications, audit finds

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h1265 (Published 09 March 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1265
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1The BMJ

Over a thousand more children in England and Wales had diabetes in 2013-14 than the previous year, an audit has found, with potentially serious complications at a level described as “worryingly high.”

The audit also found that, although care for children with diabetes was improving, there was considerable variation across regions and between units.

The National Paediatric Diabetes Audit reported that 26 867 children and young people (aged 0-25 years) with diabetes were registered with a paediatric diabetes unit in 2013-14, up from 25 221 in 2012-13.1 Most (95%) had type 1 diabetes.

The prevalence of diabetes varied across England and Wales and was associated with deprivation. The highest prevalence of type 1 diabetes was in Wales (220 …

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