Young Patients with Diabetes to reduce risks of diabetes

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a disease characterised by an increase in blood glucose levels. Diabetes is a lifelong chronic metabolic disorder characterised by high blood sugar (or glucose) levels in the blood. This is called hyperglycaemia.

Glucose is usually regulated by the hormone insulin, produced in the pancreas within the abdomen.

It is vitally important for a child suspected of having diabetes to go to hospital as an emergency and be referred to a paediatric endocrinologist.

It is just as important to remember that while diabetes cannot be cured, it can be treated, controlled and managed.