Redefining the clinical remission period in children with type 1 diabetes.
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To redefine the clinical remission period for different aged children receiving the current standard of diabetes care.An electronic patient records system was used to identify 552 children newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) from 1997 to 2001 who had an initial hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) value at the time of diagnosis and at least one other value measured in the ensuing year. The insulin dosage previously used to define the remission period [<0.5 units per kg body weight per day (U/kg/d)] was evaluated for the different aged children.The mean insulin dosages for all age groups were >0.5 U/kg/d by 9 months after diagnosis. The mean HbA1c values were above 8% by 6 months after diagnosis for the 6-9 and the 10-12 yr age groups and by 9 months after diagnosis for the >or=13 yr age group. The percentage of children