Objectives: Reduction of cardiovascular risk in children with type 1 diabetes requires aggressive management of hypertension (HTN). However, the frequency of diagnosing and effectively treating HTN in youth with type 1 diabetes has not been established. To address this question, we used the data collected in >9000 youth with type 1 diabetes who enrolled in the T1D Exchange Clinic Registry.
Research design and methods: This analysis included data from medical records of 9362 individuals with enrolment and 1-yr follow-up visits (age 3 to <18 yr, disease duration ≥ 1 yr at follow-up). Data included the prevalence of a documented diagnosis of HTN, elevated blood pressure (BP) (systolic or diastolic ≥95th percentile for age, gender, and height), and treatment with angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE)-receptor inhibitor (ACE-I)/angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB) therapy.
Results: HTN was diagnosed in only 1% (113/9362) of participants; yet, elevated BP was recorded at one of the two visits in 17% and at both visits in 4%. Among those with diagnosed HTN, only 52% (59/113) were receiving ACE-I/ARB therapy and only 32% (19 of 59) of those treated were at goal BP. Children with diagnosed HTN had higher HbA1c (adjusted p < 0.001) and higher BMI (p < 0.001) when compared with children without HTN.
Conclusions: HTN is likely under diagnosed and undertreated even in pediatric diabetes clinics. The relatively low proportion of hypertensive children receiving ACE-I therapy and reaching BP goals probably identifies an important area for improving care in children with type 1 diabetes.
Keywords: complications of diabetes mellitus; diagnosis; hypertension; type 1 diabetes mellitus.
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