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Intensive Diabetes Care Benefits Tots

Children with type 1 diabetes are more likely to benefit from a more intensive management of the disease. It debunked previous studies which said the use of intensive insulin therapy has its hangups, one of which is significant weight gain.
Researchers reported in the Journal o f Pediatrics that young patients,who frequently monitored their blood sugar levels, those who injected new insulin formulations and those who were under insulin pump therapy have half the chance of suffering from hypoglycemia while it also lessens by 25 percent the patient’s chance of visiting the emergency room. The patients also improved control over their blood sugar levels.

“There has been no excessive weight gain with (patients who used) these newer treatments… although we need to continue to find new and improved ways to normalize the blood sugars,” senior investigator Lori M.B. Laffel of the Harvard Medical School in Boston said.

The results of the study came out after Laffel and her colleagues studied 299 diabetic children for two years in 1997 and compared results to another 152 children who were also under them for two years.

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