Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Improving diabetes carbohydrate counting educational resources for Somali families

Evidence suggests children of Somali heritage with type 1 diabetes often do worse in terms of adherence and management leading to increased risk of later diabetes-related complications.1–3 We reviewed our Bristol population and compared children of Somali heritage to those non-Somalis with type 1 diabetes examining: antibody status at diagnosis, glucose management in the first 2 years after diagnosis and possible service provision that may influence adherence and management.

Using the local paediatric diabetes database, we identified all Somali patients within the Bristol paediatric diabetes population (currently 8% of cohort, concentrated in one inner-city clinic). The search identified 23 patients who were then randomly matched to non-Somali patients with a year and age of diagnosis within 100 days: due to incomplete …

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