#BloodSugarSelfie: help children with diabetes
How much do you know about diabetes in the UK? As a parent, how much do you know about childhood diabetes? Whilst it’s a condition that we are aware of, many of us that are unaffected don’t realise just how many it affects and what an impact it can have on both the children that suffer from it and the families that support them. Diabetes.co.uk have shared with us some sobering facts:
- Over 3 million people in UK suffer from diabetes, and 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.
- 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.
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.
Despite this, every day, amazing, inspirational children cope and are still smiling… Diabetes.co.uk are helping to raise awareness of the condition and raise funds to find a cure. As such, 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.
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 3000 shares.