Navigation Links
Despite free health care, household income affects chronic disease control in kids
Date:4/3/2013

Researchers at the University of Montreal have found that the glycated hemoglobin levels of children with type 1 diabetes followed at its affiliated Sainte-Justine Mother and Child University Hospital (CHU Sainte-Justine) is correlated linearly and negatively with household income. Glycated hemoglobin is the binding of sugar to blood molecules over time, high blood sugar levels lead to high levels of glycated hemoglobin, which means that it can be used to assess whether a patient properly controls his or her blood glucose level. "Our study highlights a marked disparity between the rich and the poor in an important health outcome for children with type 1 diabetes, despite free access to health care", explained Dr. Johnny Deladoy, who led the study.

The researchers used statistics collected from 1,766 children who had been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at CHU Sainte-Justine between 1980 and 2011. They estimated their household income by using the median for their postal code as reported by Statistics Canada and standardized their glycated hemoglobin levels (HbA1c) in order to undertake the study. "We know that there are a variety of socio-economic factors that affect metabolic control in diabetic children, but it is difficult to compare studies as researchers look at these factors in different ways", Deladoy said. "However, median household income is a good proxy for these factors taken together". In addition, all studies on this subject have come from countries where users must pay to consult a health care professional whereas the present study is the first to look at this in the context of free health care. A study from Ontario, published simultaneously in another journal, reports similar findings.

Because there are so many factors influencing the treatment of this disease, the researchers were not surprised by their results. "These confirm our clinical impression that the most important factor correlated with the treatment of type 1 diabetes is household income", Deladoy said. Importantly, the researchers found that the difference in glycated hemoglobin levels in kids from the poorest and the richest neighbourhoods corresponds to a doubling of the risk of damage to the eyes (diabetes is a leading cause of blindness in adulthood). "Type 1 diabetes is a chronic disease requiring multiple daily insulin injections and blood tests throughout the individual's life. Our study suggests that there should be greater support to children with type 1 diabetes who live in low income areas; this could include, for instance, increasing the number and length of visits from social workers", Deladoy explained.


'/>"/>

Contact: William Raillant-Clark
w.raillant-clark@umontreal.ca
514-343-7593
University of Montreal
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Many Still Tanning, Despite Dangers, Survey Finds
2. Despite less play, childrens use of imagination increases over 2 decades
3. Despite hardships, black men in urban communities are resilient, MU researcher says
4. Despite clear benefits, heart failure clinics are rarely utilized
5. Seniors Creativity Can Thrive Despite Dementia
6. Undertreatment of common heart condition persists despite rapid adoption of novel therapies
7. Ethnic disparities in breast cancer survival remain despite socioeconomic similarities
8. Pneumonia remains the leading killer of children despite decline in global child deaths
9. Despite FDA Warning, Sports Supplements Still Available Online: Study
10. Despite hype, costly prostate cancer treatment offers little relief from side effects
11. Many U.S. Teens at Risk for Suicide Despite Treatment: Study
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/13/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... February 13, 2016 , ... ... School of Nursing with an in-kind gift of a VeinViewer® Vision vein ... as they learn how to start an IV and draw blood, combining technology ...
(Date:2/13/2016)... Montreal, Canada (PRWEB) , ... February 13, 2016 , ... ... best foot forward. They’ll groom themselves to perfection, go out of their way to ... their date – just take a look at any online dating profile. , ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... ... ... According to an article published February 4th on mySA, robotically ... hernia repairs throughout the United States. Commenting on this article, Beverly Hills hernia repair ... has not only been expected, but it seems to be a natural result of ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... ... ... The law firm of Morrow, Morrow, Ryan & Bassett is offering scholarships to ... to encourage applicants to pursue a degree in their field of study and upon ... “We have available jobs in St. Landry and Evangeline Parishes that can be filled ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... ... 12, 2016 , ... The Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF) – ... serving the lymphoma community through a comprehensive series of education programs, outreach initiatives ... at its 10th anniversary Fashion Luncheon on Monday, February 8, 2016. The special ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/12/2016)... , Feb. 12, 2016  Eli Lilly and Company ... Court decided the Alimta® (pemetrexed disodium) vitamin regimen patent would ... the UK, France , Italy ... to dilute the product only with dextrose solution.  ... 2015, the UK Court of Appeal held that Lilly,s patent ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... 12 2016  OMS Supply, a large provider of ... announced today the recent launching of their new company ... of features that enhance the user experience and enable ... --> --> Despite ... company that started in early 2016, they have already ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... Feb. 12, 2016  Apellis Pharmaceuticals, Inc., ... $47.1 million Series D preferred stock financing, ... Hillhouse Capital Group and venBio Global Strategic ... AJU IB Investment, and Epidarex Capital. The proceeds ... further advance clinical trials in the Company,s ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: