Dr. Hiba Shakeel, Dr. Faryal Shuja, Dr. Rukhsar Javaid
Introduction: Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus (T1DM) is one of the most common chronic endocrine disorders of childhood and adolescence. Aims and objectives: The main objective of the study is to analyse the impact of type 1 diabetes mellitus on the growth of children. Material and methods: This cross sectional study was conducted in Shaikh Zayed Hospital, Lahore during March 2019 to January 2020. The data was collected from the OPD of the hospital. The data was collected from 125 patients of both genders. In general, diabetic children are followed at 3 month intervals in our hospital. Results: The data was collected from 125 patients of TIDM. The mean age was 9.83±4.50 years. The mean height SDS of the patients did not change significantly in any of the follow−up durations. All comparisons between BMI SDS values at the start and at the end of separate follow−up periods showed significant differences. Conclusion: It is concluded that type 1 diabetics, particularly those diagnosed at a younger age, growth is likely to be affected. Intensive insulin therapy may improve growth of these children over a period of time.