Type 1 diabetes in children continues to grow in Europe every year. New research has shown that new cases increase by 3.4 percent annually on the Old Continent.
The report, signed by the professor Chris Paterson, from the Center for Public Health at the Queen's University, Belfast, United Kingdom; and published in the journal Diabetologia, the official publication of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD), warns that if this growth trend continues, the number of children who suffer from this disease will double in the next 20 years.
"The increased number of children diagnosed with this chronic disease, which is associated with an increase in morbidity and mortality for life, has important implications for health professionals. Limited success in identifying sources – the causes of the environment or the interactions of the gene and the environment – which end could lead to disease prevention means that we must continue to work to improve the quality of care to help reduce the complications. Long-term and death related diabetes, "the authors explain.
Faced with this scenario, experts say the key is to improve blood sugar control, an objective that would be achieved not only with the most sophisticated methods of administration of insulin, but also with greater investment in services to provide support to well-trained and dedicated care teams with a sufficient number to meet the growing needs of this group of children and their families. " @world