Helping Teens Meet A1C Goals
Nearly two-thirds of teenagers with type 1 diabetes fail to reach their blood glucose goals, according to a study of 150 adolescents. The 40 percent of kids who did meet treatment goals had an average A1C of 7.4 percent and checked their blood glucose an average of five times per day. Younger kids tended to have greater success managing blood glucose, as did those living in two-parent households. Teens with higher blood glucose levels were more likely to have had diabetes longer, show signs of depression, and have family conflict related to their diabetes. The researchers say the findings support taking family dynamics into consideration when treating less-than-ideal blood glucose levels in adolescents.
Source: Journal of Adolescent Health, January 2013