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Question:

From Ottawa, Ontario, Canada:

My daughter is 7 years old and has been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes for one year now. We have been maintaining good control of her blood sugar. What complications will she expect to encounter in later life; at what ages and at what percent chance?

Answer:

Quite honestly, nobody could answer your question accurately because the rate of complications of diabetes seems to be falling. The main groups of problems are those affecting small blood vessels - eye problems, kidney trouble and problems with circulation - and large blood vessels, e.g., heart attacks. The good news though is that all of these problems are much less likely if your daughter maintains good control over the years. Regular blood sugars and glycohemoglobin tests at your clinic are the way to ensure this. Don't worry about glitches with illness, etc.; it's average control over long periods that count.

KJR

Original posting 30 Mar 97

  
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