Archive for December 3rd, 2012
Diabetes poses a unique challenge to the scores of children born with type 1 diabetes or who develop it at a very young age. The International Diabetes Federation launched the “Life for a Child” program in 2001 with support from the Australian Diabetes Council and HOPE worldwide. Life for a Child provides support and resources to children with diabetes in developing countries.
The IDF estimates that there are approximately 490,000 children younger than 15 years with type 1 diabetes and probably a similar number of young diabetics between 15-25. An exact figure is uncertain because of lack of data. Additionally, the number of children and adolescents developing type 2 diabetes is on the increase around the world. The IDF estimates that 80-100,000 children and young people around the world are in urgent need of assistance.
Lack of access to insulin remains the most common cause of death in a child with diabetes. In some areas, the life expectancy of a child with diabetes is less than a year after developing the disease. Many die undiagnosed, others dies due to lack of insulin or expert care.
Visit the IDF Life of a Child Program.
For more on type 1 diabetes, visit the DMS Learning Center.