Shadow health secretary backs Diabetes UK campaign
12:20pm Wednesday 16th October 2013 in NW
SHADOW health secretary Andy Burnham is backing a Diabetes UK campaign to encourage people to check if they are at risk.
The Leigh MP is endorsing the national charity’s campaign, funded by Tesco, which aims to help people understand the seriousness of Type 2 diabetes, which can lead to severe health complications such as amputation, blindness and stroke.
The campaign will also raise awareness of the risk factors of the condition – being over 40 (or over 25 if you are from a South Asian background); being overweight or having a close family member with diabetes – and is urging people to take a risk assessment if any of these risk factors apply to them.
People can do this online (www.diabetes.org.uk/riskscore), by visiting a pharmacy or by going to their GP. Those at high risk can then be given information about how to reduce their risk as up to 80 per cent of cases of Type 2 diabetes can be delayed or prevented through healthy lifestyle changes.
An estimated 850,000 people in the UK have undiagnosed Type 2 diabetes.
Mr Burnham MP said: “Type 2 diabetes is a very serious condition that can lead to devastating complications and impact greatly on the people affected and their families.
“Yet there are many people in the Leigh area who are at high risk of the condition or already have it but don’t know it. It is important that these people get assessed so that they can get the treatment and support that they need.”
Barbara Young, Diabetes UK Chief Executive said: “Diabetes is one of the greatest health challenges that we face. There are 7 million people at high risk of Type 2 diabetes and the rise of the condition is leading to early deaths and devastating health complications and heartache.”
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