Charity calls for better diabetes care and education

Published: Tuesday 5th January 2016 by KCFM

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Diabetes UK insists that the need for greater diabetes care and education is more urgent than ever.

New figures show that more than 32,000 people in Hull and East Riding have diabetes – with nearly 2,000 people in the region being diagnosed with a form of the condition since 2012.

More than half a million people in the UK are unknowingly living with type 2 diabetes.

Chris Askew, Diabetes UK chief executive, said: “With four million people in the UK now living with diabetes, the need to tackle this serious health condition has never been so stark or so urgent.

“Tragically, we are continuing to see too many people with diabetes suffering serious complications, and even dying before their time, and we know that key reasons for this are that they are being denied both the care and access to education that would help them to manage their condition well.

“It is vital that we start to see people with diabetes receive good quality care wherever they live rather than them being at the mercy of a postcode lottery.

“Equally, diabetes education needs to be readily available everywhere, and commissioned along with a proper local system that explains to people with diabetes the benefits they will gain from attending an education course, and ensures that courses are well run.

“We also need a concerted effort led by the Government to take active steps to address the fact that almost two in every three people in the UK are overweight or obese and are therefore at increased risk of type 2 diabetes.

“Basic measures such as making healthy food cheaper and more accessible, introducing clearer food labelling and making it easier for people to build physical activity into their daily lives would have a profound influence.”

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Published: Tuesday 5th January 2016 by KCFM

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