22-Month -Old Our Youngest Diabetic Patient

Type 2 is the most common type of diabetes and 85 per cent of the people have this type. -Dr Sikiliti Poulasi
18 May 2022 14:20
22-Month -Old Our Youngest Diabetic Patient

The youngest reported diabetes patient in the country is a one-year-and-10-month-old baby boy.

He was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes two months ago, said Diabetic clinic Senior Medical Officer Dr Sikiliti Poulasi.

Dr Poulasi said the child, who is from Suva, did not have a family health history of diabetes.

She said he was diagnosed after a series of complications and constant trips to the health centres.

Type 1 Diabetes, once known as ju­venile diabetes or insulin-depend­ent diabetes, is a chronic condition in which the pancreas produces lit­tle or no insulin.

Insulin is a hormone needed to al­low sugar (glucose) to enter cells to produce energy.

She said all cases of diabetes must be taken seriously.

“Type 2 is the most common type of diabetes and 85 per cent of the people have this type,” Dr Poulasi said.

“Type 1 diabetes is not so com­mon.”

Dr Poulasi said the increase of amputees was because people do not go to the hospital early.

“Here at the diabetic clinic, we get a lot of people who present to us late and we have no choice but send them to CWM Hospital to amputate their toe or their lower limb,” she said.

“Some people end up getting (am­putated) above their knee.”


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