Mark Tami MP supports the International Diabetes Federation in raising awareness of diabetes and its complications

Mark Tami MP supports the International Diabetes Federation in raising awareness of diabetes and its complications.

The Alyn and Deeside MP had a diabetes test and met with healthcare professionals at a special event in Westminster to find out more about the disease.

Around 3.2 million 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 living with the disease – or approximately 6,230 people in the average constituency.   If diagnosed early, diabetes can be actively managed to help mitigate the serious consequences of the disease.

Mark Tami MP said: “If you are concerned about diabetes then contact your doctor or pharmacist about arranging a blood glucose test, it only takes a few minutes but can save you years of illness.”

With diabetes rates increasing across the country and around the world International Diabetes Federation is raising awareness of the signs and symptoms of diabetes and complications such as cardiovascular disease, blindness, amputation and hypoglycaemia.  Good diabetes care can help improve the health outcomes and the quality of life for people with the disease.