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Type 1 Diabetes

There are approximately 2500 children and youth, aged 0 – 18, living with type 1 diabetes (T1D) in New Zealand. While T1D is currently incurable, there are treatments available, but unfortunately all have a considerable impact on a person’s day-to-day life.

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Do Kids with Type 1 Diabetes Experience Worse Educational Outcomes?

 Type 1 diabetes causes a significant physical and psychological burden for children who are affected by the disease – and their families. Type 1 diabetes can cause serious health issues and can also alter the developing brain. But does living with type 1 diabetes influence educational outcomes for children in Aotearoa? Researchers from the University of Otago plan to find…

Managing diabetes in a ‘flash’

Dr Ben Wheeler University of Otago, Dunedin What is the problem and who does it affect? Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease often presenting in early adolescence. The immune system mistakenly attacks insulin-producing cells in the pancreas, leaving these cells incapable of producing insulin. As insulin is a critical hormone in the process of controlling glucose levels in the…

Real stories of kids living with Type 1 Diabetes


Our brave ambassador Anneliese is 12 years old and was diagnosed with type-1 diabetes when she…

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Emily and Evie

Emily and Evie are very close sisters; in fact they share more in common than…

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Finlay has lived with type -1 diabetes since he was three-years-old.

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Hunter was always thirsty, and his moods changed, he would cry at the drop of…

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Jacob (JJ) was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at 4 years old

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Jaide was diagnosed with Chronic Asthma at age 2, and type-1 diabetes this year.

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