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Last Updated: Wednesday, 15 June, 2005, 21:06 GMT 22:06 UK
Expert fires new diabetes warning
Diabetes UK leaflet
Resources to combat diabetes are said to be in short supply
Children in Scotland with diabetes are under threat because of a failure to manage the condition effectively, an expert has warned.

Diabetes UK's Audrey Birt said only one in 10 children was achieving the blood glucose control needed to reduce the risk of heart disease and blindness.

She said about 1,800 children under the age of 15 suffered from the condition in Scotland and needed help.

The charity's information unit is visiting Edinburgh on Thursday.

"Too many are not getting the support they need to keep the condition under control," Ms Birt said.

We understand that we need to ensure type 1 diabetes gets the priority it deserves
Scottish Executive

"The stark facts are that nine out of 10 have blood glucose levels that put them at increased risk of serious long-term health problems.

"Families need a range of support from a variety of professionals to help living with diabetes from day-to-day."

She added: "It's clear that those needs are not being adequately met because of insufficient resources."

Information video

Health Minister Andy Kerr is due to visit the information unit.

A Scottish Executive spokesperson said: "We have set up managed clinical networks for diabetes in every board area, bringing together professionals and patient representatives to plan and deliver services locally.

"This should help to ensure appropriate services are put in place to meet the needs of children and young people with diabetes.

"We have produced an information video that is given to all children newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and we are well advanced in our plans to introduce a national retinopathy screening programme, which will be the first in the UK.

"We understand that we need to ensure type 1 diabetes gets the priority it deserves."

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