Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is one of the most common chronic diseases of childhood. If left untreated, diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), a largely preventable life-threatening complication, will occur. Currently, 19% of Canadian children and 40% of US children will present with DKA at the time of diagnosis of T1D.1,2 Because symptoms of T1D exist before the onset of DKA, 1 risk factor for DKA is a delay in the diagnosis and treatment of T1D. Other risk factors include younger age (<5 years) and lower socioeconomic status (SES).1
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Nakhla M, Cuthbertson D, Becker DJ, et al. Diabetic Ketoacidosis at the Time of Diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes in Children: Insights From TRIGR. JAMA Pediatr. Published online January 25, 2021. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2020.5512
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