The children’s diabetes teams at The James Cook University Hospital and the Friarage Hospital urged schools and work places to go blue for World Diabetes Day on 14 November 2012.
Staff held a number of events to raise awareness of diabetes and raise vital funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and their hospital trust funds which directly benefit local children and young people.
Hospital staff wore blue accessories for the day in return for a £1 donation.
Paediatric diabetes nurse Kelly Rowe said: “South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust provides specialist diabetes care to over 180 children and young people.
This year alone in our area we have had children as young as 10 months old and up to 17 years newly diagnosed with Type1 diabetes.
“Type 1 diabetes is a life-threatening life-long condition where children and young people are dependent on insulin injections. Type 1 diabetes is no one’s fault, it is just bad luck.”
The children’s diabetes teams have trust funds which are used for supporting children and young people with diabetes and their families.
Donations are used to fund extra resources, group education sessions, awareness events and an annual residential trip to Marrick Priory – an action packed three days where children and young people learn to manage their diabetes independently and meet other young people with diabetes.
JDRF funds are used to finance vital research into a cure for Type 1 diabetes and its associated complications.
Signs and symptoms
If you are aware of any child or adult with the following symptoms please urge them to see their GP as soon as possible:
- Frequently passing urine
- Increased thirst
- Weight loss
Type 1 diabetes – did you know?
- World Diabetes Day is marked around the world on 14 November
- The rate of people affected by type 1 diabetes is increasing by four per cent annually, particularly in children under five
- Type 1 diabetes can occur at any age, but is most commonly diagnosed during childhood and adolescence
- There are approximately 23,500 children and young people under the age of 18 years with Type 1 diabetes
- It occurs when the body’s own defense system (the immune system) attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. What causes the immune system to do this is not entirely known
- Children and young people with Type 1 diabetes must test blood glucose levels and inject insulin several times every day
- Type 1 diabetes is no one’s fault, it is not due to lifestyle or diet, it is just bad luck