MONTREAL GAZETTE | Opinion: We must learn to spot the signs of Type 1 diabetes earlier

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Published: 15May2019

Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is a largely preventable complication of Type 1 diabetes and should be one that I rarely see. Today my colleagues from the Research Institute of the MUHC and I, along with the INSPQ, have published new findings in CMAJ Open, showing that over 25 per cent of children in Quebec diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes already have DKA. This is happening because the signs and symptoms of Type 1 diabetes are not recognized early enough. That number has been on the rise by two per cent per year since 2001, says Dr. Meranda Nakhla, a pediatric endocrinologist at the Montreal Children’s Hospital of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) and an FRQS clinician-scientist at the Research Institute of the MUHC.

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