Women, children focus of complication findingsBy
New findings shine light on the importance to combat type 1 and type 2 diabetes with the intent to avoid the life-altering complications that can result from those conditions. Studies recently released show that women with type 2 diabetes have a greater chance of developing heart disease and that a complication of type 1 diabetes can leave children with temporary decreased memory and attention capabilities.
Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), a serious type 1 complication, can cause temporary changes to the brain matter of children at the onset of the condition.
“Children and adolescents diagnosed with type 1 diabetes with diabetic ketoacidosis have evidence of brain gray matter shrinkage and white matter swelling,” said Dr. Fergus Cameron, head of diabetes services at Royal Children’s Hospital in Victoria, Australia. “While these changes resolve within the first week, there are associated residual cognitive changes — memory and attention — that are present six months after diagnosis.”
New evidence also sounds an alarm for women who are living with type 2 diabetes. Women are 44 percent more likely than men with diabetes to go on to suffer coronary heart disease, which is the leading cause of death in the United States.
Coronary heart disease is the narrowing of the small blood vessels that supply blood and oxygen to the heart. It is also called coronary artery disease. Chest pain or discomfort called angina is the most common symptom. Angina is the pain felt when the heart is not getting enough blood or oxygen.
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) urges those wanting the best chances to avoid complications to adopt treatment plans with “tight control.” Tight control is not easy. Tight diabetes control means keeping your overall blood sugar levels as close to normal as possible.
Tight control efforts may keep you healthy and product for many more years, but you might need help getting it done. Diabetes Management & Supplies offers accredited diabetes education services that can make managing diabetes and other conditions an easier task. For more information on care management needs or to enroll in group or individual sessions, call our Education Department at 1-888-738-7929 or email an educator at email@example.com.
Recent articles on complications:
- L.A. Times: Diabetic women much likelier than men to develop heart disease
- HealthDay News: Brain changes, type 1 diabetes diagnosis in kids