September 26, 2013

Kids T1D Education After Diagnosis


schoolingResearchers investigated diabetes management outcome based on the T1D education after diagnosis. The  side-by-side comparison may not be as groundbreaking as you may think, according to  the study published in Pediatric Diabetes.

In any family, with a background in medicine or not, the education you and your child receive once the T1D hits home is important. The study determined the difference in diabetes control at 1 and 2 year post diagnosis, depending on the site of initial diabetes education.

The study measured T1D patients, between the ages of 1-18,  who were educated inpatient,, outpatient, and mixed locations. All people were diagnosed between 2004-2008. Based on the A1c of all participants, their site of initial diabetes education was assessed.

Of the 238 children enrolled, A1c levels did not differ among inpatient, outpatient, and mixed location groups at 1 and 2 years after diagnosis. There was no difference in the number of acute diabetes complications between the groups.

The insulin pump chart is telling. An insulin pump is la liberating step in diabetes management. Over 21% of  outpatient-educated children were on insulin pumps at 1 year. Just over 14% of in-patient educated and barely 3% of mixed education kids were taking the leap of faith in insulin pump therapy.

At the end of the day, it’s all about the A1c. Can you measure up (or down) to achieve the ideal number? Sure enough, based on the average blood sugar and diabetes complications, it looks like kids educated on-site, off-site, or mixed scored pretty decently across the board.

When it comes to education, it’s not where you got it done. It’s about how you use it once you’ve got it.

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