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Diabetes UK welcomes guidance for diabetic children.

A LEADING DIABETES CHARITY HAS welcomed new guidance published by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) for diabetic children.

The guidance recommends diabetic children adhere to stricter blood glucose levels of 48 mmols/mol (6.5%) and below to reduce the risk of stroke, blindness and amputation in later life.

But Diabetes UK warns this can only be achieved if government puts in place appropriate support to help children achieve this.

The guidance also recommends same day referral for children suspected with Type 1 diabetes and access to continuous glucose monitors (CGMs) and insulin pumps.

Barbara Young, Diabetes UK chief executive said it was 'critical' diabetic children received emotional support to achieve these targets.

'While the technology, such as pumps and increased access to CGMs, is available to support children with Type 1 diabetes reach blood glucose targets, it is critical they receive the emotional support, such as improved access to specialist psychological care they and their families need to feel empowered to achieve these new targets,' she said.

Diabetes UK, with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and INPUT Patient Advocacy, has released a guide to Type 1 diabetes technology today.

Type 1 Technology: A guide for young people and families aims to help families become more aware of healthcare options available to them.

Sarah Johnson, JDRF director of policy and communications said the new 'family friendly guide' would make life easier for people living with Type 1 diabetes.

The NICE guidance can be viewed at http://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng18

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