with diabetes can seem like a full-time job -- trying to keep up with
everything you need to do for proper diabetes care.
"Diabetes is a very time-consuming disease to manage well," says
Karmeen Kulkarni, MS, RD, CDE, and former president of health care and
education for the American Diabetes Association. "The medication, the food, the physical activity -- you add life
in general to that whole picture and it ends up being quite
Type 1 diabetes most
often develops in girls around 10 to 12 years of age and in boys around 12 to
14 years of age.
The incidence of type 1 diabetes seems to be
increasing, and there appears to be an increase among young children,
especially from birth to age 4.
White people have a higher rate of type 1
diabetes than other racial groups.
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2008). National Diabetes Fact Sheet 2007. Atlanta: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Available online: http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/pubs/pdf/ndfs_2007.pdf.
Laffel L, et al. (2005). Treatment of the child and
adolescent with diabetes. In CR Kahn et al., eds., Joslin's Diabetes Mellitus, 14th ed., pp. 711-736. Philadelphia: Lippincott
Williams and Wilkins.
Primary Medical Reviewer
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Specialist Medical Reviewer
David C.W. Lau, MD, PhD, FRCPC - Endocrinology
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People who experience hypoglycemia several times in a week should call their health care provider. It's important to monitor your levels each day so you can make sure your numbers are within the range. If you are pregnant always consult with your health care provider.
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