MP joins diabetes campaign

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FYLDE MP Mark Menzies joined volunteers from the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) to raise awareness of the increasing prevalence of the disease in the UK.

Diabetes, particularly type 2 diabetes, affects more than 382m people worldwide. Unless action is taken, the IDF believes that could rise to 592m by 2035.

The IDF and its member organisations –including Diabetes UK – say critical interventions are necessary to counter the increase in cases and to ensure people with diabetes receive the high quality treatment they need to avoid unnecessary complications.

Mr Menzies had a diabetes test and met with healthcare professionals during a special event in Westminster to find out more about the disease.

The Member of Parliament said: “With diabetes rates increasing across the country and around the world, I am pleased to support the International Diabetes Federation in raising awareness of the signs and symptoms of diabetes and complications such as cardiovascular disease, blindness, amputation and hypoglyceamia.”

Around 3.2m people have been diagnosed with diabetes in the UK, but it is estimated that a further 850,000 people may be living with the condition without realising it. This means that around 1 in 16 people in the UK are affected by the disease.

If diagnosed early, diabetes can be actively managed to help mitigate the serious consequences of the disease and it is essential that people then have access to the right treatments.

Mr Menzies added: “Getting tested takes only a few minutes and could save you years of illness. If people are concerned about diabetes they should talk to their GP or pharmacist about having a blood glucose test, as I did.”

 

PICTURE: Mark Menzies MP is given a diabetes test

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