As part of Diabetes Week in the UK, D charity heavyweights Diabetes UK and JDRF have launched a brilliant video which asks the question 'Are you Type 1 Aware'? It focusses mainly on those who develop type 1 diabetes in childhood and clearly explains the very obvious symptoms which are all too easy to ignore and/or be dismissed by busy GPs as parent paranoia. Having been diagnosed in early adult hood I know myself that it was several months of feeling really rotten before I finally decided I should go and get myself checked out by a GP.
Alarmingly some of the parents in the video share how close to death their children were before they were finally properly diagnosed.
Please share this video with your family, friends, parents, teachers and anyone you know who works with children or young people. You could save a life.
Watch the video on You Tube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYlQTylh_0M
More information on the symptoms of type 1 diabetes: www.jdrf.org.uk/type1aware