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Blood sugar complications risk for diabetic children

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Nearly a third of children with type 2 diabetes are at risk of complications because their blood sugar (HbA1c) is out of control, according to a report from the NHS Information Centre.

The National Diabetes Audit (NDA) is carried out by the centre to encourage consistent standards of care across the country and to monitor the care and help given to people with diabetes.

It found that nearly three out of ten children and young people with diabetes in England and Wales have HbA1c levels above 9.5% – a level which, according to NICE, puts them at future risk of sight loss, kidney failure and heart problems.

The number is a slight decrease on the previous year but the centre said it remained a significant cause for concern.

Dr Bob Young, the NHS Information Centre’s clinical lead for the National Diabetes Information Service, said: ‘Providers need to look at why so many children have such high blood sugar levels – a condition which bodes badly for their future health.

Although, the number of children with the highest blood sugar levels has dropped slightly, tackling the problem more rigorously would yield big improvements in future health.’

Diabetes UK chief executive Douglas Smallwood added: ‘Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in the UK’s working age population, causes 100 amputations a week and accounts for one in ten people in UK hospitals.’

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