A Medical Test May Have a New Use in Kids
Heart disease is a well-established complication for adults with diabetes, but less is known about how to detect increased risk of developing the condition in children with type 1 diabetes. Researchers measured albuminuria, checking for a protein in the urine that is a sign of a high risk for kidney disease, in 3,353 children between 10 and 16 years old with type 1 diabetes. They also checked the kids for heart or kidney disease using other medical tests. The researchers found that kids with higher levels of albumin in their urine also had signs of cardiovascular disease, such as stiffer blood vessels, suggesting the urine test as a way to screen for cardiovascular complications in children with type 1 diabetes.
Source: Diabetes Care, published online Nov. 6, 2013