Longevity Grows for Kids With Diabetes
Kids with diabetes have more years in front of them today than in decades past, a study found. Researchers reported that the risk of death for children under 19 with type 1 decreased by 61 percent between 1968–1969 and 2008–2009. In the '60s, the death rate was 2.69 per million among young people with type 1 diabetes, while now the rate is 1.05 per million. Children under 10 experienced the greatest drop in death risk. The researchers note that the decrease in the death rate may be one reason there has been an overall increase in the number of children with diabetes. The most likely causes of diabetes-related death among kids with type 1 remain hypoglycemia and diabetic ketoacidosis, a medical emergency caused by insulin deficiency.
Source: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Nov. 2, 2012