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Data from the National Diabetes Audit 2016-17 found that 6,836 young people under 25 havetype 2 diabetes. The youngest is 9 years old.This is a staggering finding, as statistics show numbers are 10 times greater than previously reported.
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease and far more common in children.
Type 2 is linked to obesity and lifestyle, so seeing the number of children with type 2 diabetes on the rise is extremely worrying.
With one in three children leaving primary school either overweight or obese, these findings are not surprising. In response, the government is being urged to take action.
Noel Conway suffers from motor neurone disease, which has left him feeling “entombed” by his illness andwishing to take control of his own death.
He has fought and lost a legal battle for a “peaceful and dignified” assisted death.
The Supreme Court has also rejected Mr Conway’s bid toappeal the ruling, saying he had insufficient chances of success. Mr Conway’s only remaining option is to remove his ventilator and suffocate under sedation.
This option, to Mr Conway, is unacceptable.
He continues to advocate what he has been fighting for; a medically assisted death whilst he still has the mental capacity to make a voluntary and informed choice.
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