Leeds, United Kingdom (PressExposure) March 24, 2012 -- New research presented at the Diabetes UK Professional Conference 2012 this week reports that only one fifth of young adults aged 16 to 24 with diabetes receive the recommended number of care checks.
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends that diabetes sufferers should receive a number of regular checks to monitor their diabetes, including eye examinations and foot checks.
While older diabetes sufferers are being looked after, those aged in the 16-24 age category were found to be the least likely of all age groups to receive the health checks and services they need.
If young people are not shown how to manage their condition and look after their health in early life, they are much more likely to develop life-threatening complications from their diabetes as they get older.
Careful monitoring and measurement of their glucose levels using glucose meters and other glucose measurement diabetes products is very important to identify early signs of low or high glucose in the blood.
Regular monitoring of sugar levels with glucose meters allows diabetes sufferers to take action to avoid a diabetic coma before the situation arises, such as the administration of insulin or eating a sugary snack.
Diabetes UK "is urging the NHS to do more to stop young adults with diabetes falling through the gap between children's and adult healthcare services."
Simon O'Neill, Director of Care, Policy and Intelligence at Diabetes UK, said:
"It is crucial that young people with diabetes have access to all of the care checks they need to manage their condition properly, as this can help keep their diabetes under control and enable them to live long and healthy lives. But this study shows the quality of care for young adults is not good enough."
"By improving healthcare at this stage of life, the NHS can help prevent the huge emotional and financial cost of young people developing complications such as heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness and amputation."