Please help raise the awareness of diabetes in children and youth. Currently, 80% percent of diabetics live in low and middle income countries. In Latin America and the Caribbean, non-communicable disease and diabetes are estimated to cause as much as 60% of the mortality in the region. Between 1990 and 2002, the mortality rate from diabetes in Ecuador rose by an unprecedented 140%. The diabetes burden is especially worrisome because most cannot afford the education or medical care.