Type 1 diabetes in children continues to grow in Europe every year. New research has shown that new cases in the Old Continent increase by 3.4 percent per year.
A report signed by a professor Chris Patterson, from Queen & apos; s University of Belfast, United Kingdom; and published in Diabetologia, the official publication of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD), warns that if this upward trend continues, the number of children suffering from this disease will double in the next 20 years.
"An increasing number of children with a diagnosis of this chronic illness, which is associated with an increase in morbidity and mortality, has important implications for health care professionals." "Limited success in identifying the source – environmental causes or gene-environment interactions – which could eventually lead to disease prevention , means that we must continue to work to improve quality of care to help reduce complications, long-term and diabetes-related deaths, "the authors explain.
Faced with this scenario, experts claim that the key is to improve blood sugar control, a goal that would be achieved not only by the most complex methods of insulin administration, but also with greater investment in services to provide support to well-trained and specialized care teams with a sufficient number of to meet the growing needs of this group of children and their families. " @ world