Optimum Blood Sugar Level for Kids With Type 1
Targeted levels are made lower, but young patients need individualized care, ADA guideline says
He and Rapaport agreed that the advent of better medications and medical technologies mean that hypoglycemia is somewhat less of a risk than it was in the past. Those advances include sophisticated insulin pumps and "glucose sensors that have the ability to more quickly recognize high, as well as low, glucose levels," Rapaport explained.
Coupled with educating young patients about the risks of hypoglycemia, these advances "may help diminish the incidence of severe hypoglycemia and, at the same time, allow children and adolescents to reach their target goal with less difficulty," Accacha said.
"Type 1 diabetes requires intensive insulin management that differs from how type 2 is managed," statement co-author Dr. Anne Peters, a professor at Keck Medicine at the University of Southern California, said in the ADA news release.
"People with type 1 require more supplies and must monitor their blood glucose levels more often. This is not a one-size-fits-all disease, and it's important that we recognize that," she added.