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Calls for more people to check risks of diabetes
10:00am Tuesday 29th October 2013 in Local news
An MP is urging his constituents to check their risk of developing diabetes to avoid potentially devastating consequences.
Pudsey, Horsforth and Aireborough MP Stuart Andrew is backing a campaign by Diabetes UK to reach the seven million people in the UK who are at high risk of Type 2 diabetes.
The campaign is expected to identify some of the estimated 850,000 people in the country who have undiagnosed Type 2 diabetes.
Mr Andrew said: “Type 2 diabetes is a very serious condition that can lead to devastating complications such as blindness, amputations and stroke and can have a devastating impact on both the people affected and their families.
“Yet there are many people who 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 to reduce their risk or manage the condition.”
The campaign is aiming to raise awareness of the risk factors of the condition – being over 40 (or over 25 for anyone from a South Asian background); being overweight, or having a close family member with diabetes. It is urging people to take a risk assessment if any of these risk factors apply to them.
Go to diabetes.org.uk/riskscore to take an assessment, or visit a pharmacy or GP. Up to 80 per cent of cases of Type 2 diabetes can be delayed or prevented through healthy lifestyle changes.