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Jelly Baby Month to help children with diabetes.

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Roger Price MP Federal Member for Chifley Chief Opposition Whip

Jelly Baby Month to Help Children with Diabetes 1 May 2006

May 1-31 is Jelly Baby Month which raises awareness and funds for research into juvenile diabetes in Australia.

The Jelly Baby was chosen as a symbol for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund’s mission to fi nd a cure because jelly babies are lifesavers for people with type 1 diabetes. They are often eaten by people with type 1 diabetes as a quick source of sugar when their blood sugar level falls critically low.

One in 700 children has Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes, accounting for 98 percent of cases of childhood diabetes. Most people develop this form of diabetes before the age of 18.

Type 1 diabetes is increasing at the rate of 3.2 per cent a year and over the past fi ve years the incidence has doubled in children under 5 years of age. There is also some evidence to suggest Type 2 diabetes is increasing in children.

The reasons for the increase in Type 1 diabetes are not known, but researchers believe that environmental factors may play a role. The increase in Type 2 diabetes is almost certainly linked to the increase in obesity in children. It is estimated that around 90 per cent of Type 2 diabetes cases are preventable.

Recently, Labor launched Goals for Aussie Kids, a discussion paper which will be the cornerstone of future health policy development for children’s health and wellbeing.

The paper highlights the increasing incidence of diabetes, particularly in children and suggests a prevention and early intervention based health system is needed as well as research into fi nding a cure.

To get a copy of Labor’s Goals for Aussie Kids discussion paper or fi nd out how to make a submission contact Roger Price’s Electorate Offi ce or visit

To fi nd out more about Jelly Baby Month or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation call 1300 363 126 or visit

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