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At what age do you think it's appropriate to tell kids about the complications of diabetes?


Under 7 years old






7 - 10 years old






11 - 12 years old






13 years or older






Any age






I don't think it's appropriate






At what age do you think it's appropriate to tell kids about the complications of diabetes?

Poll dates: February 10 - 17, 2002
Total Votes: 807

In this poll, we asked for people's thoughts about telling kids with diabetes about the potential complications. Diabetes complications are deadly serious, so it is important that kids -- at least older ones -- are aware of what they're up against. It's also critically important that they know that tight control has been proven to reduce the risk of complications, so that they don't in any way feel that complications are inevitable. It's also important to let kids know that scientists around the world are working on ways to reduce the risk of complications, treat complications, and cure diabetes itself.

While 43% of people feel that it is appropriate for kids age 10 or under to be told about diabetes complications, kids that young cannot understand the implications of something that might happen that far in the future. They are also just beginning to be able to understand cause and effect. Young kids often get scared when they hear about complications, thinking that it will happen to them just because they have diabetes, even though parents know that tight control can reduce the risk. Young kids simply don't understand it. So it's best to defer discussions of complications until the kids are older, and focus on maintaining good control so that the kids stay healthy.

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