Mark Tami MP backs campaign to encourage people in Flintshire to find out their risk of Type 2 diabetes

Mark Tami MP has backed a campaign by Diabetes UK to reach the 7 million people in the UK who are at high risk of Type 2 diabetes and he is urging people in Flintshire to have their risk of the condition checked.

Mark Tami MP said: “I am supporting this campaign because there are thousands of people who do not know that they have or are at risk of having Type 2 diabetes. It is a very serious disease which if left untreated can lead to major health complications but if people are assessed they can get the treatment or support needed to reduce their risk or manage the condition.”

The campaign will raise awareness of the risk factors of the condition 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.

As well as identifying those at high risk, the campaign is expected to identify some of the estimated 850,000 people in the country who have undiagnosed Type 2 diabetes. It is important that Type 2 diabetes is diagnosed as left untreated, it is more likely to lead to devastating complications such as heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness and amputation.

Barbara Young, Diabetes UK Chief Executive, said: “Diabetes is one of the greatest health challenges that we face. Despite this many people do not know what the key risk factors are and so are unaware if they are at high risk. We really want to reach these people so that they understand their personal risk of developing the condition and can be supported to reduce their risk as in most cases it is possible to delay or prevent the onset of the condition by making healthy lifestyle changes.

“Diabetes can lead to devastating complications and shatters lives and families so it’s really essential that people in Flintshire get checked and this is why I’m delighted that Mark Tami has added his voice to this call.”