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Diabetes, Adolescence, and Adherence

Dr. Fran Cogen Health Pro April 20, 2012
  • Each developmental stage in the life of a child is fraught with unique challenges. When compounded with a chronic illness such as diabetes, additional concerns complicate normal development. Previous blogs have discussed issues regarding diabetes management throughout the stages of child development....

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  • JJoseph
    May. 03, 2012

    Hi Dr. C --

     

    Meant to post this sooner.  But thanks belatedly for the good summary...would love to know more. If I understand right, these are overall averages across all the kids in the study. In this case, A1c increased and freq of blood glucose tests decreased (on average) as kids moved into adolescence

     

    Am interested in a couple of things...

    RHMLucky777

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    Hi Dr. C --

     

    Meant to post this sooner.  But thanks belatedly for the good summary...would love to know more. If I understand right, these are overall averages across all the kids in the study. In this case, A1c increased and freq of blood glucose tests decreased (on average) as kids moved into adolescence

     

    Am interested in a couple of things about the study that might give parents more insight about "why?"  Would help to know if ALL the kids get worse, or if about half the kids got worse...what proportion exactly? I'd bet there was probably a group of kids that got much worse at monitoring during adolescence, some who dropped off a bit and others who didn't change at all. If this is right, then a follow-up question is whether there are any other differences between the kids that did much worse and those that didn't drop off during adolescence?

     

    If the researchers gathered other data about the kids and families at the start (baseline) and during the 2-year study, there might be patterns in there that would help explain why some kids had more difficulty while others didn't. Knowing these risk factors might help parents take additional preventative steps. Thanks again for another great blog and if you have a chance to follow up with the researchers, would be loveto learn the answers. --jj

    • Dr. Fran Cogen
      Health Pro
      May. 04, 2012

      HI Mr. J: I tried to paste the paper into this space for your review! But it doesn't work. Nothing really specific re behaviors- probably next iteration!!  I will look at another way to get the paper to you!

      DRC