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News1991June › Shorter hospital stays beneficial for children with diabetes? › June 1991

Shorter hospital stays beneficial for children with diabetes?

And speaking of treating children, if your child develops diabetes, get him out of hospital as soon as you can

And speaking of treating children, if your child develops diabetes, get him out of hospital as soon as you can.

A two year Finnish study compared children treated for a week in hospital after diabetes had been diagnosed with a matched group treated for four weeks. They were testing the hypothesis that a longer hospital stay would provide better education for parents and children in treating the new illness.Their surprise results: there was no difference in metabolic control at two years and "if anything, a possible advantage of slightly lower insulin requirements in those admitted for the shorter time."


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