About 90,000 children and youth in Kenya are diabetic, the Kenya Diabetes Management and Information Centre has revealed. Kenya has more than 1.8 million people with diabetes. Five per cent of them are children and young adults. KDMI executive director Eva Muchemi said chances of survival for children with diabetes are minimal if they are not taken to hospital immediately.

“If children get diabetes, chances of survival are less than 12 months if they are not taken to hospital and put under insulin medication,” she said.

For adults, Muchemi said, a person might live with the disease for up to eight years without experiencing severe symptoms.

Speaking on Friday during a children’s diabetes camp in Mombasa, Muchemi said diabetes prevalence is rising fast in the country.

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