My child has diabetes

Lenny the Lion explains diabetes

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Lenny Thumbs upLenny the Lion is the ambassador for children’s diabetes education and the host of the Junior Cup Diabetes.

Lenny is a lion who finds it really easy to talk about diabetes. He can describe what it is, why people have it, how children may feel about being diagnosed and what they might feel about living with the condition.

Lenny has a unique way of talking to children.
Watch and listen to Lenny.


Hi, I’m Lenny the Lion and I was diagnosed with diabetes when I was small and I am an insulin pump user. When I was diagnosed with diabetes, I didn’t know anything about it. But the more I learned about diabetes, the better I was able to live my life just like other kids. Whether you are very young or a teenager, I can help you learn about diabetes, how to live with diabetes, and how to talk to other people about your diabetes. Just because you have diabetes doesn’t mean you can’t do all the same things as every other kid. In fact, you will be much happier when you do all the fun things you are supposed to do as a kid. I don’t let diabetes hold me back from having fun.


Don’t forget that counting the amount of carbohydrates (carbs) in your food is very important for staying healthy and active, especially for children with Type 1 diabetes. Are you a carb-counting champion? Play the ‘Compare the Carbs’ here, and it will help you to learn or improve how you do it!

And if you're a real fan, ask your Diabetes Hospital Team about a special Lenny SKIN for your insulin pump, Lenny book with the text version of this video, or Lenny cuddly toy to look after your pump with you while you sleep!

Lenny’s video

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