Leeds hospital staff warn of diabetes signs in children

The diabetes team at Leeds Children's Hospital.
The diabetes team at Leeds Children's Hospital.
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Parents, carers, school workers and GPs have been urged to be aware of the most common signs of diabetes in young people.

As part of National Diabetes Week, which ran until Saturday, the diabetes team at Leeds Children’s Hospital has been highlighting the importance of identifying the condition in children so their symptoms can be controlled.

Based at Leeds St James’s Hospital, the team aims to help the families of around 500 youngsters across Yorkshire deal with diabetes every year.

The most common symptoms, known as the ‘four Ts’, are needing the toilet a lot, being really thirsty, being more tired than usual and children looking thinner than usual.

Wendy Sewell, children’s diabetes nurse specialist at Leeds Children’s Hospital, said: “Our aim is to ensure that they have the best possible outcomes and that they, with the help of their families, feel confident enough to self-manage their condition.”

Visit nhs.uk/Conditions/Diabetes for information on the condition.