It used to be said that only diabetes after puberty 'counted' towards the development of diabetic tissue damage. This is untrue. In fact, children as young as 10 years old can develop retinopathy. Patients whose Type 1 diabetes began in childhood are much more likely to have proteinuria than those diagnosed as adults but with similar duration (Allagoa et al. 2001). We have to improve diabetes care in children and teenagers—failure to do so may seriously impair quality and quantity of life.
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All you need is a proper diet of fresh fruits and vegetables and get plenty of exercise and you'll be fine. Ever heard those words from your doctor? If that's all heshe recommends then you're missing out an important ingredient for health that he's not telling you. Fact is that you can adhere to the strictest diet, watch everything you eat and get the exercise of amarathon runner and still come down with diabetic complications. Diet, exercise and standard drug treatments simply aren't enough to help keep your diabetes under control.