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Introduction to the Greater Glasgow and Clyde Children's Diabetes Service

Rarely a day goes by now without at least one news report about diabetes. The frequency of this disorder is rising rapidly but most of the publicity goes to Type 2 diabetes which is associated with obesity and lack of exercise. However, although we are beginning to see young adolescents with early onset Type 2 diabetes, the vast majority of the children with diabetes in Scotland have Type 1 disease. This is a different condition and due to an 'auto-immune' process where the body attacks and kills the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin. We still don't know the cause of this condition but affected individuals are 'genetically at risk' then have the condition triggered by environmental factors that are poorly understood. It is likely that certain common infections may have a role but several other proposals have been made and are being investigated.

The service at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow is merged with the services provided at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley and the Inverclyde Royal Hospital in Greenock. This means that the combined number of patients is now more than 620. We also are the providers of diabetes services for children in the Western Isles and support patients in part of Highland through clinics in Oban. We pride ourselves on providing a multi-disciplinary approach with the team of doctors, nurses, dietitians, psychologists and social workers all of whom have a valuable role to play in supporting families to manage diabetes.

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