Teens with type 1 diabetes missing HbA1c target levels

Only one in four young people with type 1 diabetes are achieving the target levels for glycaemic control, according to the first snapshot of paediatric diabetes in Australia.

The study of more than 3000 children and adolescents across five tertiary centres found that just 27% met the national guidelines’ HbA1c target level of less than 58mmol/mol (7.5%).

And adolescents were less likely to meet the goals, reflecting the waning influence of parental supervision on diabetes control, said the researchers, led by diabetes educator Helen Phelan from the John Hunter Children’s Hospital