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Pandemic led to increased DKA rate in youths with T1D

The number of children and adolescents who presented with diabetic ketoacidosis at type 1 diabetes diagnosis rose from 24.1% in 2018 and 24.5% in 2019 to 44.7% in 2020 during the COVID-19 lockdown in Germany between March 13 and May 13, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Based on data from the German Diabetes Prospective Follow-up Registry involving 532 youths, findings also revealed an increase in the rates of severe DKA, especially among children younger than age 6.

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