Alarm over delay in type 1 diabetes diagnoses

Concern is growing over the high number of late diagnoses of children with suspected type 1 diabetes, with some experiencing devastating complications as a result.

Children with the classic triad of polydipsia, polyuria and weight loss are being subjected to unnecessary blood glucose testing in primary care and outpatient clinics rather than being sent immediately to the ED, experts say.

Professor Jerry Wales, director of endocrinology at Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in Brisbane, said he was concerned at seeing children ending up in intensive care with diabetic ketoacidosis because their