In 2014, 1 in 6 children diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes were admitted to hospital with a potentially life-threatening condition called diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) which can occur if a Type 1 diabetes diagnosis is delayed.
The purpose of Diabetes Ireland's Type 1 Diabetes Awareness Campaign is two-fold.
The first is to encourage GPs to consider Type 1 diabetes first, as a potential diagnosis when a child presents feeling generally unwell by performing a simple finger prick glucose test to lead to prompt diagnosis.
A delay in diagnosis usually means repeated visits to the GP and can result in diabetes ketoacidosis (DKA) which is potentially fatal.
I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when I was 20 years old, I have no family history and my lifestyle was quite healthy. I cycled to college and I ate relatively healthy for a student with no money. *** A healthy lifestyle or not having a family history of diabetes does not protect you from Type 1 Diabetes. Sometimes, there is no rhyme or reason.
- - 2015, Nevada teen
- - 2015 Kycie Terry in Utah
- - 2013 in North Carolina, 14-month-old Reegan died as a result of her diabetes going undetected.
- - July 2012, 26 year old new mother died from undiagnosed type 1 diabetes in the UK
- - In 2012, a 17 year old girl in Scotland died from undiagnosed type 1 diabetes.