Type 1 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes diagnosed in children of school age. Over 1.1 million children and young adults under the age of 19 are estimated to be living with type 1 diabetes worldwide. Managing this chronic condition is challenging and can place a significant emotional and physical strain on the children affected and their parents. Daily insulin injections, frequent blood glucose monitoring, balancing the food you eat with your insulin regime to accommodate your level of physical activity are just some of the things required to manage the condition and avoid its complications. Having the support and understanding of friends, family and everyone who contributes to the development and well-being of a young person with diabetes are crucial to enjoying a healthy life.
Misinformation and a lack of understanding can lead to stigma and discrimination against people with diabetes. The school environment has a key role to play in addressing this. It is important that teachers, school staff and students are equipped with sufficient knowledge to support children with diabetes and make sure that school is a safe place where they do not feel excluded. Understanding diabetes is a first step for the child with diabetes and their classmates.