Diabetes in Children Showing Problems For Many Are Not Getting Insulin

Diabetes in children is worrisome when many are still not getting the insulin they need in order to survive. This is after 85 years of its discovery. This happens in developing countries where statistics are not available as to the life expectancy of the children.

Where they can get some data, it shows the diabetes in children makes them die soon after the diagnosis. Either that or they develop overwhelming complications. In these countries, health centers may not be able to test blood glucose and few have enough money to monitor their blood glucose themselves.

Life for a Child Program was created by the International Diabetes Federation in 2000 to supply medications to save lives. This program is partnered with Diabetes Australia-NSW and Hope. Today, it supports diabetes in children numbering to 700 in fifteen countries. Without this help, many of these youngsters will die.

The president of the IDF, Professor Martin Silink, emphasized the point that diabetes care for children is a basic right. He said that where ever they are, the children should be able to participate completely with all the experience every young person enjoys.

These children also have the right to make sure they get help in order to survive. If the health care systems in the developing countries are not able to provide the help for the diabetic children, then organizations like Insulin for Life should step in.

The United Nations passed a resolution called World Diabetes Day whereby national policies to prevent, care and treat diabetes will be developed. One of the aims of the World Diabetes Day for both the years 2007 and 2008 is to reach more children so that The Life for a Child Program will be able to support them.

In developed countries, the problem is somewhat different. For instance, there are special challenges for the family members who look after the children with diabetes. How can they help? For one thing, they should learn as much as they can about diabetes care.

In addition, they have to learn to listen without criticizing and show support to all those concerned. They also have to be open to new ways of eating and in spending the extra time. In other words, they have to be flexible. Above all, they should learn to plan for emergencies.

The parents who deal with their children's diabetes will have to talk the child diabetes educator and the care provider. Make an appointment to see these people but make it long enough so they can get the answers to their questions. They will have to learn to test the blood glucose level, give insulin injections and plan healthy meals.

Everything sounds overwhelming but compare this with what the developing countries have to deal with diabetes in children, one will be glad to be in the right side of the world where there is hope for everyone to live a normal life as long as he takes care of himself.

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