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Diagnosing diabetes in children and young people (our position)

Early diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes is vital to avoid diabetic ketoacidosis and in making sure that parents, carers and non-specialist healthcare professionals recognise the classic symptoms of Type 1 diabetes. 

Diabetes UK recommends that any child suspected to have Type 1 diabetes should be seen on the same day by a specialist paediatric diabetes team for confirmation of the diagnosis and management.

Specialist paediatric diabetes teams should be aware of the rarer forms of diabetes and undertake further investigations if a child shows characteristics of these rarer forms

We developed this position statement through reviewing the relevant literature, reviewing current National Paediatric Diabetes Audit data and discussions with expert clinicians through Diabetes UK’s Council of Healthcare Professionals and expert paediatric diabetes clinicians. We gained further insight by engaging with parents and children through focus groups, events and social media to find out their experiences.

Download our full position statement on diagnosing diabetes in children and young people as a PDF (733 KB).  

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