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In diabetes device era, parents still report substantial type 1 burden

August 17, 2017

Despite the availability of advanced diabetes technology, parents of young children with type 1 diabetes continue to report substantial burdens and negative family impact stemming from the disease, according to findings published in the Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology.

“Diabetes technologies have improved substantially in the past several decades, with tools such as smart insulin pumps with bolus calculators and continuous glucose monitors,” Kara R. Harrington, PhD, a clinical and research fellow with the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, and colleagues wrote. “Along with these technical advancements come new challenges and possible burdens, especially for young children and their families. ... Thus, it is important to ascertain typical burdens and stresses of parents of young children with diabetes in the contemporary diabetes management era. It is also important to understand how the burdens reported by parents are impacted by use or nonuse of different diabetes technologies, as well as by other demographic factors, such as socioeconomic status.”

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