Diabetic pupils at Royds Hall School in Paddock have spoken out about living with the condition.
And they met Kirklees Mayor and Mayoress Clr Paul Kane and partner Mrs Susan Bedford to discuss how they cope with type 1 of the condition as the mayor announced £30,000 is to be put aside for diabetes care in the community.
Clr Kane, whose sister has type 1 diabetes, was keen to hear ideas from the students for ways to address the subject.
“It’s a 21st century issue,” he said. “We have learned a lot about diabetes in the past two years.
“We got this money and we thought, ‘where would this have the biggest impact?’”
Royds Hall has 10 pupils with diabetes, with Executive Headteacher Melanie Williams revealing that two of those pupils were sent to the school due to their reputation of care towards children with the condition.
The pupils also discussed the issue of type 2 diabetes, which is preventable in 95% of cases.
Pupil Ana Tahir said she had experienced a “stigma” with her condition, with many assuming all sufferers have a weight problem.
She said: “People say things like, ‘you’re diabetic but you don’t look like it’.
“They don’t realise there’s two kinds.”
Year seven pupil Thomas Branch, 11, said: “The good thing is it doesn’t stop you from doing what you want, like sport.
“But I have to be careful when I go to parties and there is lots of cake. I have to say no.”
Thomas has previously done a charity swim and organised a onesie day at his former school to raise awareness.
Patient advocate Jo Kitchen from the Huddersfield & Calderdale NHS Trust said diabetes was an increasing problem in young people.
“It’s important that the school works with young sufferers of the condition to keep it under control.”
Around 29,000 people in Kirklees suffer with diabetes, which comes in two forms.
The condition is caused when the pancreas either fails to produce insulin, or doesn’t produce enough, to help keep blood sugar levels down.