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What is so different about diabetes in children?

While both type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes can occur in children and adolescents, the overwhelming majority of people affected by diabetes worldwide are adults. Consequently, the specific needs of children are often overlooked. Type 1 diabetes, the most common chronic disease in children in developed countries, is growing by 5% among pre-school children and by 3% in children and adolescents each year – 70 000 new cases every year in children aged 14 years and younger worldwide.

Diabetes in children: changing trends in an emerging epidemic

The number of children with diabetes is growing. Some countries, particularly in the developed world, are seeing a significant increase in the incidence of type 1 diabetes; type 2 diabetes in children and adolescents is an emerging problem worldwide. Premature deaths as a result of undiagnosed diabetes are a large and hidden global problem. Moreover, children with diabetes risk developing disabling and life-threatening complications at an early age, placing a significant human and economic burden on families and societies.

Protecting our children worldwide: the first UN-observed World Diabetes Day

Diabetes is finally emerging from the shadows thanks largely to the recent adoption by the UN General Assembly of a landmark Resolution on diabetes. This Resolution, which recognizes the severity of diabetes and encourages Member States to develop national policies for the prevention, treatment and care of diabetes, is closely linked to the UN Millennium Development Goals. One of the UN’s targets for 2015, Millennium Goal number 4, is to reduce child mortality worldwide.

Investing in our future

Editor-in-chief's editorial

Keeping our promises

President's editorial

Celebrating the Resolution

President's Editorial

Waking up to diabetes in Papua New Guinea - Jacklyin's story

My daughter Jacklyin was born in January 1990, three months premature. Her early birth gave her unusual status among her family and the rest of the community in our village, Gumine – in the Province of Chimbu, in the highlands of Papua New Guinea. She would always be given our special protection and ate the best of all children in the village.

Time to consider our future

Editorial

Unite to protect health worldwide

President's Editorial

Access to care - the key to development

Editorial

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