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Children can also have diabetes, 2019

Social project on symptoms of type 1 diabetes mellitus in children.

Ahead of World Diabetes Day, the federal awareness-raising campaign on the symptoms of type 1 diabetes mellitus in children, entitled “Children can also have diabetes”, was launched.

Its aim is to improve the early diagnosis of the disease and reduce the number of cases when it is detected in the setting of life-threatening conditions, including coma.


  • The disease was diagnosed in over 42,000 children and adolescents under 17 years of age*.
  • Since 2012, their total number has increased by 53.2 %, and the incidence – by 48.3 %*.
  • Almost 90 % of parents observed principal symptoms of diabetes mellitus in their children before diagnosing**.
  • In 42 % of cases the disease is diagnosed in the setting of the life-threatening condition (diabetic coma)**.

The social campaign is run on behalf of GEROPHARM “Diabetes in Faces” Information Portal, with the support of the Ministry of Health and “Stand Together” Charitable Foundation.

The project was supported by 8 regions, including Moscow and St. Petersburg. Posters were placed in the streets and subways, and the video showing symptoms is broadcast on TVs installed in out-patient clinics.

Please watch the video on diabetes mellitus symptoms:

Further information on the project may be found at диабетдети.рф.


* According to the data of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation for 2012–2017.

** The results of the survey conducted among parents of children with type 1 diabetes mellitus aged under 18 by the Council on Guardianship under the Government of the Russian Federation in February 2019.

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