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Severity of type-1 diabetes requires further focus

Published on 20/10/2009
There has never been a greater need to raise the public's awareness of type-1 diabetes, according to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Ross Kester, a spokesperson for the health charity organisation, highlighted the importance of increased awareness of the condition, as there are an estimated 440,000 cases of the condition worldwide affecting children alone.

He said: "There has been a lot of media attention recently concerning type-2 diabetes and this is a good thing because people need to be aware of the seriousness of the condition.

"However the public should also be aware of how serious and distinct type 1 diabetes is."

Mr Kester's comments come following the publication of research which forecast that the number of under-15s diagnosed with type-1 diabetes could rise by as much as 70 per cent between 2005 and 2020.

Figures from the Earlybird Diabetes Trust show that 2.2 million people in the UK know they have diabetes, while a further 750,000 remain unaware.
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