World Diabetes day - 14th November 2006
06 Nov 2006
About 1 in every 1000 kids in Australia has diabetes. For kids with diabetes, it can mean a special diet, or eating small meals often, checking the levels of sugar in the blood often, and having several injections every day.
There are 2 types of diabetes. The type that kids get is called Type 1 or juvenile diabetes.
Maybe you have someone in your class at school who has diabetes. Your teacher may have some special lollies in her drawer for when your classmate is 'feeling low'.
Maybe there is an adult in your family who has diabetes? People who are older when they get diabetes usually have Type 2 diabetes. Sometimes this is known as 'old age diabetes', or 'adult onset diabetes', as it is usually much older people who get it.
Diabetes is not something that you can catch from someone else.
If you want to know more about it, look at the topic Diabetes.
If you want to get involved in helping people with diabetes, look at this website http://www.diabetesaustralia.com.au