World Diabetes Day comes to the region

Today is World Diabetes day and events are taking place across the region to educate people about the condition.

Campaign launched to highlight Type 1 diabetes in children

The charity Diabetes UK has begun a campaign to raise awareness of Type 1 diabetes in children after a report suggested most parents cannot recognise the symptoms.

Children in Carlisle have been learning to watch out for potential signs such as wanting to drink more, feeling tired and getting thinner.

Children in Carlisle made signs to highlight the symptoms of type 1 diabetes in children
Children in Carlisle made signs to highlight the symptoms of Type 1 diabetes in children Credit: ITV

As many as one in four children and young people are diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when they are in diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) – a life-threatening condition that requires urgent medical attention.

For children under five years old, it is as many as one in three.

By diagnosing Type 1 diabetes in children earlier, this means that early treatment can prevent children from suffering from DKA at all.

If your child has any of these signs and symptoms, you should take them straight to the doctor and insist on a test for Type 1 diabetes there and then.

You can find more information about Type 1 diabetes in children on this website:

http://www.diabetes.org.uk/the4Ts

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North East promotes greater awareness of diabetes

The 14th November marks World Diabetes Day - an annual campaign that aims to educate millions of people worldwide about diabetes and the escalating health threat that it poses.

40,000 people across County Durham and Darlington live with diabetes, and there might be many more who have not yet been diagnosed.

To raise awareness about the condition, and particularly about spotting it in children, events are taking place across the region to educate people about diabetes.

The rate of lower limb amputations is especially high across the UK and County Durham because of poor awareness on the importance of early detection of diabetes.

"We are keen to reach out to the general public to let them know how vitally important it is to get screened for diabetes.

Many people are unaware where they can get this done, and they do not realise how important it is to also screen feet, eyes, and kidneys yearly."

– Dr Paul Peter, consultant Diabetologist for County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust

Report shows that 90% of parents cannot recognise diabetes symptoms

Events `are taking place across the region to educate people about type 1 diabetes to mark World Diabetes day.

Diabetes UK has launched a campaign to raise awareness of type 1 diabetes in children.

A report has shown that nine out of ten parents cannot recognise the symptoms of the condition.

Symptoms of type 1 diabetes include:

  • Needing the toilet more than usual
  • Wanting to drink more often than usual
  • Feeling tired or lethargic
  • Losing weight