Events have been taking place across the region to mark World Diabetes Day.
The charity, Diabetes UK, has launched a campaign to raise awareness of Type 1 diabetes in children.
A survey by the charity has found nine out of 10 parents do not know how to identify the symptoms.
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The group say A&E departments in County Durham, Teesside and North Yorkshire are under threat.
Examples include the switching of ‘bairn’ for ‘baby’, along with ‘kets’ for sweets and ‘netty’ for toilet