Diabetes management worse in deprived children

Children with diabetes living in the most deprived areas of the UK may not manage their diabetes as well as those from the most affluent areas, Diabetes UK has warned.

Photograph: iStockphoto/Anette Romanenko
Photograph: iStockphoto/Anette Romanenko

The findings are based on an audit of 1,742 children treated in paediatric units.

The study found that on average blood glucose levels in children with diabetes from the most deprived areas were 0.5% higher than those from the most affluent areas.

Bridget Turner, head of healthcare and policy at Diabetes UK, said: ‘The results of this study are particularly worrying as children in the UK already have the worst diabetes control in Europe.’

sanjay.tanday@haymarket.com

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