Nine-year-old Jackson Ibbotson?s life revolves around his blood sugar levels
Nine-year-old Jackson Ibbotson?s life revolves around his blood sugar levels

Diabetes plagues Jackson's life

By LEE McIVORlmcivor@gladstoneobserver.com.au

JUVENILE diabetes is on the rise in Australia with an increase of 37 per cent of children diagnosed during the last 10 years.

Consultant paediatrician for the Gladstone Hospital Dr Andrew Cotterill said the figures were being replicated in Gladstone.

"The increase in childhood diabetes has been steady but I believe it has more to do with a change in demographics in the region,'' he said.

"More families with young children are settling in the area so consequently we are seeing an increase in the rate of childhood diabetes.''

For nine-year-old Jack- son Ibbotson life has been a daily series of needles since being diagnosed with type one diabetes when he was seven.

"We were moving house from New South Wales to Gladstone when Jackson started wetting the bed,'' his mum Wendy said. "I thought it was stress related to the move.

"So we were shocked when he was tested in Gladstone and the test came up positive for type one diabetes.''

Jackson needs two insulin injections each day, one in the morning before breakfast and one in the evening before dinner.

"I thought it would be really hard to live with diabetes,'' he said. "It is, but I am getting used to it.''

Jackson spent his first week in Gladstone at the Gladstone Hospital learning about diabetes.

Now two years down the track he is about to learn how to administer the insulin himself.

"If I can do it myself then I'll be able to go to a sleepover at my friend's place for the first time,'' grinned Jackson.

Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Ben McEachran has been living with diabetes since he was 10-years-old.



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