29,000 Children Diagnosed With Diabetes; UK Has 5th Highest Incidence of Type 1 Diabetes in Children
Over 3 million people in UK suffer from diabetes; 29,000 of these are children with type 1. A child diagnosed with type 1 diabetes aged 5 faces having 19,000 injections by the time they are 18 years old.
Despite this, our amazing inspirational children cope and are still smiling…The diabetes.co.uk #BloodSugarSelfie campaign was launched to raise awareness to the world and raise funds to find a cure for this painful ‘life’ illness. This initiative was launched by Diabetes.co.uk, the largest patient to patient diabetes community in Europe which offers support for parents, carers and patients.
So far over 1000 #BloodSugarSelfies have been taken, raising much-needed monies and awareness of the condition for a range of diabetes charities. The campaign has currently reached 1.2 million people, with 45,000 likes, 4,500 comments and 3,000 shares.
For families living with type 1 diabetes, numbers are an everyday fact of life. Life is a constant battle with complex calculations to try and balance blood glucose between 4 and 7mmol/l, and they live with the fear of time spent either with damaging high blood glucose, or low blood glucose, which can cause unconsciousness, coma, and sometimes worse. Type 1 diabetes also strikes in adulthood, and everyone diagnosed with the condition – whether a child or adult – will live with it for the rest of their lives.
Children and Diabetes:
The most common age for developing type 1 diabetes is between 10 and 14.
In recent years the greatest increase in incidence is in the under-fives, which has been rising at a rate of 5% each year.
On average, complications of type 1 diabetes set in 20 years after diagnosis, meaning that a child diagnosed aged 5 may begin to show signs of damage that can lead to sight loss, kidney disease, limb amputation, heart attacks and stroke by the age of 25.
Just 6.7% of children with diabetes in England and Wales (96% of whom have type 1) are receiving their full set of annual recommended checks, revealed a recent report by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.
The UK has the fifth highest incidence of type 1 in the world and it is increasing at an alarming rate. Type 1 diabetes has huge health, economic and quality of life costs for those diagnosed with the condition, their families, the NHS and the wider economy. Diabetes.co.uk are helping to raise awareness of the condition and raise funds to find a cure.