Hypoglycemia Risks in Type 1 Children Still a Major Problem


By: Elka Karl

Although severe hypoglycemia is a definite problem for children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes, newer therapies may improve control without increasing the risk of severe hypoglycemia.

In a study, 1,335 Australian children with type 1 diabetes were observed for 10 years. During this time, 944 severe hypoglycemic events were recorded. Severe hypoglycemia increased by 29 percent for the first five years but leveled off over the last five years.

The overall average A1C significantly decreased during the follow-up period. Risk of severe hypoglycemia was associated with lower A1C, younger age, higher insulin dose, male sex and lower parental socioeconomic status.

Only insulin pump treatment was associated with reduced rates of severe hypoglycemia.

Diabetes Care, October 2004



Diabetes Health Medical Disclaimer
The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images, and information, contained on or available through this website is for general information purposes only. Opinions expressed here are the opinions of writers, contributors, and commentators, and are not necessarily those of Diabetes Health. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website.