Fear and other disturbances of severe hypoglycaemia in children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes mellitus
2005 (English)In: Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology & Metabolism (JPEM), ISSN 0334-018X, Vol. 18, no 1, 83-91 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Objective: To study perceived occurrence and magnitude of fear and other disturbances of severe hypoglycaemia in children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes mellitus (DM) receiving intensive treatment with active education and psychosocial support. Patients and Methods: Out of a geographic population of 112 patients <19 years of age and their families, with a DM duration >1 year, HbA1c mean ± SD 6.7 ± 0.9 (method 1.15% below DCCT level), 74 responded to a questionnaire. Visual analogue scales, 5-graded Likert scales and open questions were used. Results: Global quality of life was high, but lower among patients with severe hypoglycaemia within the last year (p = 0.0114). Worse perceived health was correlated to higher HbA1c year mean (r = 0.32, p = 0.0227). Patients and parents regard severe hypoglycaemia more as a problem (p <0.0001) and the risk of it more disturbing than mild hypoglycaemia (p <0.0001), insulin injections (p <0.0001) or blood glucose determinations (p <0.0001). The disturbance is higher during exercise, disco/party and in travel situations. Severe hypoglycaemia with unconsciousness causes more fear than severe hypoglycaemia needing assistance but without unconsciousness (p = 0.0001 or the potential late complications of DM (p = 0.0014). Severe hypoglcaemia needing assistance but without unconsciousness causes more fear than mild hypoglycaemia (p = 0.0001) and diabetic ketoacidosis (p <0.0001) but less than the potential late complications of DM (p = 0.0034). Conclusions: Severe hypoglycaemia frequently causes fear and various disturbances in spite of active education and psychosocial support. There is a potential for increased quality of life from interventions targeted at the prevention of severe hypoglycaemia. Further research and improved strategies for the prevention of severe hypoglycaemia are needed.
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2005. Vol. 18, no 1, 83-91 p.
National CategoryMedical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-24489Local ID: 6612OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-24489DiVA: diva2:244810