HCPLive Network

Study Assesses Glucose Monitoring Trends in Tweens

Thursday, April 12 (HealthDay News) -- To determine whether adherence and glycemic control change during the transition to adolescence, Joseph R. Rausch, Ph.D., of the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, and colleagues conducted a two-year longitudinal study involving 225 children aged 9 to 11 years with type 1 diabetes.

The researchers found that, over the duration of this two-year study, blood glucose monitoring frequency (BGMF) significantly decreased, from 4.9 to 4.5 checks per day, which correlated with a significant increase in HbA1c, from 8.2 to 8.6 percent. The researchers calculated that just one less check of blood glucose per day resulted in an increase in HbA1c of 1.26 percent.

"The magnitude of the effect of declining treatment adherence (BGMF) on glycemic control in young adolescents may be even greater than declines observed among older adolescents. BGMF offers a powerful tool for targeted management of glycemic control for type 1 diabetes during the critical transition to adolescence," the authors write.

Abstract
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

During the transition to adolescence, children with type 1 diabetes monitor their blood glucose less frequently, resulting in significant increases in HbA1c levels, according to research published online April 3 in Diabetes Care.

Copyright © 2012 HealthDay. All rights reserved.


Further Reading
Most drugs reduce blood sugar similarly, but metformin is consistently associated with fewer side effects and can cost as much as 18 times less.
Dr. Trevor Orchard previews what he will be discussing during his presentation on cardiovascular disease in patients with type 1 diabetes at the ADA meeting.
The American Diabetes Association revised Standards of Medical Care for patients with diabetes include several changes in recommendations regarding testing and treatment goals.
Teenagers with Type 2 diabetes may already show signs of impaired heart function, according to a new study.
According to a report issued by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), diabetes is predicted to rise substantially by the year 2030, to the point where one in 10 adults will suffer from the condition. Should this prediction come to pass, roughly 552 million people will have diabetes within twenty years.
A blood screen testing for elevations in five amino acids can identify individuals at risk of developing type 2 diabetes a decade prior to symptom onset.
Youth with type 1 diabetes mellitus exhibit a pattern of regional diffusion tensor imaging differences that is suggestive of axonal injury or degeneration and may be related to episodes of severe hypoglycemia, according to a study published online Nov. 8 in Diabetes.
More Reading