Search

More east London parents aware of diabetes symptoms in children

14:29 06 January 2014

The number of parents who know the four main symptoms of diabetes in children has gone up by more than 50 per cent, according to a new survey commissioned by Diabetes UK.

The survey of 925 parents across the country, carried out by Ipsos Mori, found that awareness of all four symptoms is now 14 per cent, compared to nine per cent a year ago. This follows Diabetes UK’s campaign to raise awareness of the 4 Ts of Type 1 diabetes symptoms – toilet, tired, thirsty and thinner.

The campaign was launched in November 2012 to reduce the high proportion of children with Type 1 diabetes who become seriously ill because they are not diagnosed quickly enough. It is thought that this happens in about a quarter of cases and is often because parents do not associate their child’s symptoms with Type 1 diabetes. But while Diabetes UK has welcomed the increase in awareness, it is concerned that most parents across east London still do not know the four symptoms. It is particularly important for parents in Newham which has the second highest diabetes prevalence in England.

Of the individual symptoms, the best known is tiredness, which 63 per cent of parents in the survey identified as a symptom. The least well-known was weight loss, which just 30 per cent were aware of. Awareness of excessive thirst was 61 per cent and awareness of the need to urinate was 42 per cent.

0 comments

Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 19:16
Sanjay Singh outside the house in Barking Road where he rescued the family

A passer-by rescued a 10-year-old girl and her teenage brother when fire broke out in their home in east London—filling the house with toxic smoke.

Fire Brigade
Yesterday, 18:05
Madelaine Mattis with her daughter, Jamin (left)

Chances are you’ve spotted posters of girls giving it their all on exercise bikes triumphantly plastered around London.

London
Yesterday, 16:28
Thameslink was among the companies criticised for insufficient compensation of disrupted London commuters. (Pic by PA/John Stillwell)

London TravelWatch is demanding better compensation for train users affected by delays.

Commuter Watch
Yesterday, 15:30
Stephen Timms MP visits students at Newham College East Ham Campus

A mentoring scheme tackling youth joblessness across the borough has been praised by the Shadow Employment Minister.

Stephen Timms

Most read news

A new report is highly critical of local organisations across the county.

The Hollywood actor took on politicians and it was amazing.

Climbers are leaving a big mess on the world’s highest peak.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Newham Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24
Our trusted business finder