Lower severe hypoglycaemia rates in kids with type 1 diabetes

Researchers from the University of Western Australia showed in 1600 children with type 1 diabetes that rates of severe hypoglycaemia peaked at 17.3 per 100 patient years in 2004, plateauing at 5.8 in 2006.

The annual rate of decline was 12% a year between 2000 and 2009, with a corresponding decline in HbA1c of 0.07% per year.

The authors said severe hypoglycaemia risk did not increase significantly with improved glycaemic control.

“Although the data are encouraging and suggest that the risk of [severe hypoglycaemia] is in part being reduced with modern therapy, the risk remains significant,” they said. 

Diabetes Care 2011; 34:2379-80