If we can increase the speed of a diabetes diagnosis, we can limit the risk of complications and fatalities. The impact will be significant for everyone diagnosed with diabetes.
“I knew something was wrong when my mother, an experienced paediatric nurse, was frantic. My mother has a particularly expressive face. I can see by looking at her what mood she is in. The exception was one Thursday night when I was 11.”
“Late in the evening Mum woke me: ‘Bella, we have to go to the hospital’”.
Isabella was rushed to the Emergency Department, holding nothing but her pillow and her mother’s hand. Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, Isabella was in diabetic ketoacidosis.
Diabetic ketoacidosis, or DKA, is a life-threatening condition. If left untreated, DKA can cause many complications including swelling of the brain, severe dehydration, kidney failure, fluid in the lungs, and blindness. It can be fatal.
Hospitalisation rates for children with DKA have increased nationwide by nearly 15% in five years.
Diabetes Queensland is advocating to improve awareness of DKA by upskilling our health care workers and educating community members to recognise the signs of type 1 diabetes.
Your donation will support our vital work helping people living with diabetes. This includes improving government and social policy, psychological support, funding research and challenging public perceptions of diabetes. An early diagnosis saves lives.
Please donate now – Join your fellow supporters to ensure no child has to endure the physical struggles and emotional strain that Isabella experienced because of DKA.