Soaring rates of child diabetes

Almost 23,000 children and young people under the age of 18 in England have diabetes, according to the findings of a national audit.

Growing up with Diabetes  revealed that the majority of young people affected have type-1 diabetes, but 1.5 per cent have type-2 diabetes, caused by rising obesity.

A total of 9,000 children aged 10-14 years old have diabetes, more than any other age band.

The audit was commissioned by the DoH to help plan and deliver services for children and young people. This will include the organisation of healthcare, and the accommodation of children's needs, in schools as well as in clinical settings.

Dr Rowan Hillson, clinical director for diabetes in England, said: 'A better understanding of the numbers of children and young people with diabetes will help us to enable them to grow up unimpeded by their condition, avoiding complications such as kidney disease and eye problems.'

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