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I recognised her symptoms early on

When a child is diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, their parents may experience long-lasting anguish and unresolved guilt. Beth’s son Peter tragically passed away early this year, at the age of just 13, as a result of undiagnosed Type 1 diabetes. It has a significant impact on health, lifestyle and life expectancy. “His mum would listen at the door of the toilet and wonder what was wrong. The chief executive of Diabetes UK, Barbara Young, said: “It is deeply worrying that more than 700 people a day are being diagnosed with diabetes and this clearly shows the frightening scale of what is fast becoming a national health emergency. To find out more about the forum, please contact Diabetes UK on 020 7424 1000. Patients will see one of the Health Care Assistants for a full check including blood tests if the condition dictates.

It’s by far the most common type of diabetes found in children. Speak to your GP or healthcare professional if you are unsure. Since diagnosis, she became far healthier again but became nervous over being seen as different. We conclude by illustrating the challenges parents encountered trying to assimilate information about diabetes management in the aftermath of the diagnosis, drawing throughout upon our published and unpublished work1,2. “Type 1 diabetes isn’t currently preventable and is an extremely serious condition that has nothing to do with being overweight. The petition called for mandatory testing for Type 1 diabetes by GPs and primary care health professionals when a child presents with unexplained flu-like symptoms or a general feeling of being unwell, noting that viruses and infections can mask the symptoms of Type 1 diabetes. I also took charge of her medication if we were out of school.

I also shared with the girl some of my early day experiences and how I had managed to get through exams, university and become a teacher, all with diabetes. I also talked her through how the pump works and how it allows me so much more freedom, which she also saw as a positive and a potential future option.

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