Type 1 diabetes is the most common metabolic disease in children and adolescents.

The number of people developing type 1 diabetes is rising worldwide. For the children and their families this means a huge upheaval in their everyday life. People with type 1 diabetes need to monitor their blood glucose, inject insulin regularly, and adjust their activities according to their metabolism. Children with type 1 diabetes and their families are every day heroes.

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that can affect anyone.

We want to raise awareness of type 1 diabetes with our campaign because type 1 diabetes can affect any child. That’s why type 1 diabetes concerns everyone. You too can activate your superpowers and support our campaign by talking about type 1 diabetes in your community, posting about the campaign on social media, donating towards our research, and taking part in our studies!

We research for a world without type 1 diabetes.

K1DS ARE HEROES is an initiative by the Global Platform for the Prevention of Autoimmune Diabetes (GPPAD). Together with European partners, we have been researching the causes of type 1 diabetes for many years. Our goal is to develop treatments that start before type 1 diabetes even occurs. We want to do this to prevent type 1 diabetes. Our joint research mission is: A world without type 1 diabetes.

More than 400,000 children have already taken part in our studies across Europe.

We do research to prevent type 1 diabetes. We do this by testing new-born babies for an increased risk of developing type 1 diabetes. We also offer studies that aim to detect type 1 diabetes when the disease is at a very early stage, before symptoms appear. All the children in our studies are heroes to us because, without them, our research would not be possible.

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