From Bella Coola, British Columbia, Canada:
My grandchild is a toddler with type 1 diabetes. I hear vague reports of organ breakdowns, vision loss, blood circulation problems, etc., and I would like to obtain something in writing confirming whether or not there major health problems when a child is older if not carefully monitored. Where would I find information about the long term health effects if the proper diet is not maintained and sugar levels are not monitored properly when a child has diabetes ?
In short, I think that your grandchild should be receiving the best metabolic control as early as possible. To this specific aim, a pediatric team experienced in the care of children with diabetes is the best option and the very first suggestion I can give to you. Don't delay good metabolic control too long.
To get information regarding complications of diabetes and their relationship to the level of metabolic control, I think that you can first read a lot at our website. All the information there will better explain thing to you than just few lines dropped in this mail.
Original posting 22 Oct 2003
Posted to Complications
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:09:52
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