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European diabetes project launched

A Europe-wide project aimed at improving the diagnosis and treatment of children and adolescents with diabetes has been launched in Germany.

Each year, more and more people throughout the world are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. The overall annual increase is estimated to be about 3%.

The EU-subsidised Sweet initiative is the first project aimed at improving the diagnosis and care of diabetes sufferers in Europe in order to prevent costly and debilitating secondary disorders.

Dr Thomas Danne, director of the Sweet project and general secretary of the International Society for Paediatric and Adolescent Diabetes (ISPAD), said: "Diabetes is different for children than for adults."

"The motor activity of children, for instance, is entirely different. They sleep longer, their eating habits are not predictable, and they tend to catch cold easier.

"Taking these behaviours into account requires particularly flexible treatment strategies and the assistance of the entire family as well as the child's teachers."

The goal of the Sweet project is to develop joint recommendations with regard to the treatment strategies and standards for paediatric diabetology as well as training programs for both diabetes experts and patients.

International Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes

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"I do not know what results would come, but we need people, especially doctors, to understand us, as even as a grown up type 1 diabetics are different. They need motivation that they are very useful to the society and community." - Type 1 diabetic and diabetic educator from India