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Kids with diabetes forgetting to monitor blood sugar

Report reveals many young Aussies are not thorough enough when monitoring their blood sugar levels.
Report reveals many young Aussies are not thorough enough when monitoring their blood sugar levels. Vicki Wood

YOUNG Australians with diabetes may not be monitoring their disease as well as possible, a report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare revealed.

The report showed some 31,300 Australians, aged 30 years or younger, were registered as having diabetes in 2009-10, 79% of whom had the lifelong Type 1 disease.

The Type 1 disease is a lifelong auto-immune disease which needs regular injections of insulin every day.

And while the administration of insulin was required many times each day, the report shows many young people were not being thorough enough monitoring their blood sugar levels.

AIHW spokeswoman Susana Senes said the good news was that enough blood glucose testing strips were bought for children with Type 1 diabetes aged up to 11 years.

But the report did show room for improvement, with those aged 19 to 24 years, with both Type 1 and 2 diabetes bought the test strips at a lower rate than all other age groups.

There were also about 15,500 young people hospitalised with diabetes-related problems in 2009-10.

The most of those hospitalised were children 11 years old or younger, partly for stabilising the condition or diagnosis of the disease.

Ms Senes said there were also long-term complications of diabetes among young Australians.

"Some young people aged 19-30 are already experiencing serious but preventable long-term complications of diabetes, including nerve damage, foot ulcers, eye and kidney disease.

"In 2009-10, among people with Type 1 diabetes aged 25-30, there were 58 hospitalisations for long-term complications of diabetes per 1000 women and 32 per 1000 men."

 

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