Diabetes in Children and Adolescents

Diabetes is one of the most chronic diseases of childhood. It can strike children of any age including infants and toddlers. World Diabetes Day focuses on children and adolescents to raise awareness of the diabetes and its impact on children. Every child has a right to a long and healthy life.

  • No child should die of diabetes
  • Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA) is the most common cause of death and disability in children with type 1 diabetes around the world.
  • Children die because their families cannot afford the medication they need
  • Many children with diabetes in developing countries die soon after diagnosis.
  • Despite modern treatment, over 50% of children with diabetes develop complications 12 years after diagnosis.
  • More than 200 children develop type 1 diabetes every day
  • Diabetes is different for children
  • Diabetes affects children of all ages
  • All diabetes is on the rise in children.
  • Diabetes affects children of all ages.
  • Diabetes is increasing in children and adolescents.
  • Care for children is best when a multidisciplinary approach is adopted involving health professionals from all areas that concern children.
  • A child's access to appropriate medication and care should be a right not a privilege.
  • Diabetes costs more than money.
  • Children with diabetes can live full, healthy, and productive lives.
  • Over 50% of type 2 diabetes can be prevented.
  • Diabetes brings different challenges at different ages.
  • Diabetes hits the poorest hardest.

The World Diabetes Day campaign in 2007 and 2008 aims to:

  • Increase the number of children supported by the International Diabetes Federation's Life for a Child Program
  • Raise awareness of the warning signs of diabetes
  • Encourage initiatives to reduce diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) and distribute materials to support these initiatives
  • Promote healthy lifestyles to help prevent type 2 diabetes in children