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Inequalities affect younger people with diabetes

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Younger people with diabetes in London are bearing the brunt of large variations in the quality of diabetes management, according to a new study published yesterday.

Younger people with diabetes in London are bearing the brunt of large variations in the quality of diabetes management, according to a new study published yesterday.

Findings from a survey of more than 6,000 patients in 34 GP practices in south London show that younger patients had poorer recording of quality care and were more likely to suffer from higher cholesterol and poorer glycaemic control than older patients.

Lead author Christopher Millett from Imperial College London said: 'We found considerable variation in the quality of diabetes care between GP practices in London with younger patients aged 18 to 44 receiving poorer care.

'Our findings suggest we need to raise awareness amongst GPs about the importance of closely monitoring diabetes control in younger patients,' he added.

Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine (2006) 99: 576-581

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