Parents Key To Managing Type 1 Diabetes In Teens
By Mike Boyle

U.S. researchers say teenagers with type 1 diabetes do best when parents accept them and help them monitor their treatment, so says the findings of a study presented April 7-10 in Seattle at the Society of Behavioral Medicine`s annual meeting.

Researchers at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City found adolescents with diabetes risked serious complications when parents became lax about monitoring treatment or if the mother-child relationship was poor.

Study participants included 252 children and teens, ages 10 to 14.

The researchers also found that as the children aged, parents became less strict about monitoring their kids` treatment regimens.

According to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, lax management of type 1 diabetes can result in heart disease, kidney failure, and blindness. If not properly controlled, the disease can also shorten life expectancy by seven to 10 years.

Read more on this study`s results from U.S. News & World Report.


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