Young diabetes sufferers who live in rural areas may not be getting the same level of care as their city dwelling counterparts, researchers at the University of Newcastle have claimed.
Experts from the University of Newcastle found that people living outside of urban centres have a reduced life expectancy.
Lin Perry, leader of the Youth Outreach for Diabetes project and professor of nursing, said that youngsters living in rural areas can expect less than half the routine contact with preventative care services.
"Rural patients with diabetes are hospitalised more than twice as often and up to 40 per cent of young people with type 1 diabetes transitioning from paediatric to adult care outside a capital city are 'lost' from specialist care," she noted.
Professor Perry stressed that individuals with diabetes need to be given access to all the tools they need to self-manage their illness, meaning a change in policy may be required.
Parents of children with diabetes may want to consider taking out family health insurance to ensure their offspring are given the best possible start in life.
With access to private health services – and reduced waiting times – this cover could be invaluable for diabetes sufferers.