Concern over blood sugar levels in 30% of youngsters

One in three young people with diabetes have 'dangerously out of control' blood sugar levels, the Information Centre has warned.

Photograph: JH Lancy
Photograph: JH Lancy

The centre’s National Diabetes Audit shows that 30% of young people have HbA1c levels above 9.5%. NICE guidelines say such control threatens future health and should attract extra resources for care.

The Information Centre says that the proportion of children and young people with poor control of their condition has changed little in recent years.

‘It remains a significant cause for concern because the measure indicates the number of children and young people who are likely to face major health complications in the future,’ it adds.

It also found that 60% of adults with diabetes are not receiving annual checks to review blood glucose.

Diabetes charities have called for a review of the provision, organisation and recording of diabetes care.

In information from 4,873 practices, 40% of adults with diabetes had blood glucose levels in the ‘increased risk’ range.

Diabetes UK chief executive Douglas Smallwood said: ‘It’s essential people with diabetes receive all the necessary components of annual check-ups and are empowered to work more closely with their diabetes team to review and agree individual goals.

‘Only when these criteria are met will we begin to see a reduction in complications, recently estimated to cost the NHS around £1m an hour.’

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