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Glucose levels high in children with meningococcal

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A third of children admitted to hospital with meningococcal disease are hyperglycemic, according to Dutch researchers.

The study looked at 78 children critically ill with meningococcal disease.

Glucose levels were found to be higher than 8.3mmol/L in 33% of children.

Of these, 62% had overt insulin resistance, 17% had beta-cell dysfunction and 21% had both.

The authors said blood glucose levels normalised within 48 hours “typically with normal glucose intake and without insulin treatment”.

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