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

October 25, 2013 4:17 PM

Cheadle MP Mark Hunter 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 Cheadle to have their risk of the condition checked.

The Diabetes UK campaign aims to help people understand the seriousness of Type 2 diabetes which can lead to devastating health complications such as amputation, blindness and stroke, so that people understand the importance of preventing it.

The campaign will also raise awareness of the risk factors of the condition - being over 40 (or over 25 if you are from a South Asian background); being overweight or having a close family member with diabetes - 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.

Mark 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 in Cheadle 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. It is one of the best things you can do for your health and for your family.'