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Guide to Diabetes

Newly Diagnosed Children, Type 1 Diabetes


Are You A Child (parent of) Or a Young Person, Teenager, That Has Got Diabetes? 

If you have diabetes, it’s important to know your body a bit better than most people! Don’t worry though, there are loads of people out there who want to help you and we have a really friendly team of nurses, and doctors here in Leicester who want to help you make the most of your life and give you support as and when you need it. Don’t forget, ok!


We’re here to help you and you and those that care about you!
We hope that you will find our children’s and young adults section on diabetes, friendly, welcoming, fun and exciting but most of all informative.

Understanding Diabetes


It’s important for you to find out more about diabetes and how it affects you to help you understand it and help explain to your friends and family, who will always be there if you need them.


  • Understanding Diabetes

    “I just kept up with my mates until I passed out… everyone thought I was a bit wrecked but it was my diabetes “Jim 14 (Ref: Know the Score)

    Remember! You are in control of your DIABETES, not the other way round!

    Being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes
    or having your child diagnosed can be a shock.


    The Paediatric or “Children’s” Diabetes Team provides specialist care and support to children and their families in a friendly, relaxed and informative environment, where they can feel confident and secure. The team will enable each child to achieve the best possible control of their diabetes.

    By learning as much as possible you can about your condition; you should be able to live a near normal life. Read on

    Type 1 Diabetes - Explained


    If you have type 1 diabetes you are unable to make insulin. The pancreas produces little or no insulin. This develops when most or all of your insulin producing cells are destroyed.
    Type 1 diabetes is most commonly appears in childhood from the age of 1 year onwards but it can appear in adults. (see celebrities with diabetes).

    The diabetes often develops quickly, over a few weeks, with marked weight loss and the person would become very ill without treatment.

    You may be born with a chance of developing diabetes, or it may have been triggered by an illness. There is still little known about why type 1 diabetes develops.

    It is not your fault that you have diabetes.

    Diabetes is not caused by eating sweets and is not contagious.



    INSULIN is the only treatment for Type 1 diabetes. Click on the link to read more

    Type 2 Diabetes - Explained 


    Usually diagnosed between 25 and 40 years. If you have Type 2 Diabetes the pancreas is still making insulin but there is not enough for body’s needs or the insulin it produces is not used properly or there is a fault in the way the body responds to insulin. Known as insulin resistance. Therefore when the sugar (glucose) level in the blood rises there will either not be any insulin, or the insulin that you do produce will not work effectively to allow the sugar to be transported to the muscles to provide energy. The levels of sugar (glucose) in the blood therefore get higher (Hyperglycaemia). Hyperglycaemia makes you feel generally unwell and if left untreated can cause damage to blood vessels. Insulin is unable to do its job of allowing sugar to be absorbed from the blood. Treatmentis usually  - Diet and lifestyle changes and medication

    Maturity Onset of Diabetes of the Young (MODY) - Explained

    This is a rare inherited form of diabetes mellitus in which there is a problem with the secretion of Insulin but the insulin action itself is normal or is only slightly faulty. It is caused by a number of genetic disorders that runs in some families, but can also be linked to obesity. This is type 2 diabetes that affects young people under 25 years of age. Insulin is not required to treat this condition.