Insulin treatment in adolescence

E. Vicens-Calvet, M. Gussinye, M. A. Albisu, N. Potau, L. Ibanez

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Abstract

Treatment of the adolescent diabetic continues to be a challenge for the physician. Ninety-five diabetic patients aged from 12-18 years were treated according to several therapeutic regimens. Principally the Spanish school time-table and, in some cases, life-style or brittle diabetes, determined the adoption of one of five proposed routines. The degree of control achieved assessed by the mean levels of HbA1 (10.6-10.3%), and the frequency and severity of hypoglycaemic accidents ('mild' variety in 25-30% of patients) were similar in all groups with total pancreatic insufficiency. The switch to a four-daily injection regimen (routine 5) with a pen-injector failed to improve metabolic control but patients had more flexibility in meal size and timing. These results suggest that even in teenagers diabetes can be acceptably treated.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109-112
JournalJournal of Endocrinological Investigation
Volume12
Issue number8 SUPPL. 3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1989

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    Vicens-Calvet, E., Gussinye, M., Albisu, M. A., Potau, N., & Ibanez, L. (1989). Insulin treatment in adolescence. Journal of Endocrinological Investigation, 12(8 SUPPL. 3), 109-112.