A new diabetes initiative subsidised by the EU will be aimed at improving treatment and diagnosis of children and adolescents with diabetes . The Sweet initiative has been launched in Germany, and is the first project aimed firmly at prevention of diabetes in Europe.
The Sweet project aims to stem the annual increase in diabetes diagnosis (approximately 3%) amongst young people in Europe. The director of the Sweet project, also the general secretary of the International Society for Paediatric and Adolescent Diabetes (ISPAD), reportedly commented:
“Diabetes is different for children than for adults. The motor activity of children, for instance, is entirely different. They sleep longer, their eating habits are not predictable, and they tend to catch cold easier. Taking these behaviours into account requires particularly flexible treatment strategies and the assistance of the entire family as well as the child’s teachers.”

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