Parents quit work to care for children with diabetes

Mon, 17 May 2010
Many parents of children with diabetes have had to quit work or cut down on hours to provide care for their diabetic child or children, a recent report found. 46 per cent of those children at primary level questioned by Diabetes UK claimed that their mother or father had stopped working.

Type 1 diabetes is most likely to be diagnosed at a young age, meaning children with diabetes need regular insulin injections to manage their blood glucose levels . This insulin must be provided at specific times of day, putting a lot of pressure on parents and teachers.

Diabetes UK questions 661 children with type 1 diabetes to reach their conclusion. When blood sugar levels get too low or high, children with type 1 diabetes face the risk of diabetic coma . Many children surveyed thought that teachers needed more training in dealing with and managing diabetes .
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