Jenny Willott MP encourages people in Cardiff to find out their risk of Type 2 diabetes

October 2, 2013 2:07 PM

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Cardiff Central MP Jenny Willott is backing a campaign by Diabetes UK to reach the 7 million people in the UK who are at high risk of Type 2 diabetes. Jenny is urging people in Cardiff to have their risk of the condition checked.

The Diabetes UK campaign aims to help people understand the seriousness of Type 2 diabetes and 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% of cases of Type 2 diabetes can be delayed or prevented through healthy lifestyle changes.

Jenny Willott MP said:

"Type 2 diabetes is an incredibly serious condition, but 850,000 people in the UK are at high risk of the condition or already have it and don't know it. If it's not diagnosed early, or is left untreated, there's a higher chance of devastating complications like heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness and amputation.

"That's why I'm backing Diabetes UK's campaign and urging people in Cardiff to make themselves aware of the risk factors for Type 2 diabetes and to have a risk assessment if any risk factors apply to them. It is one of the best things you can do for your health and for your family."

Barbara Young, Diabetes UK Chief Executive, said:

"Diabetes is one of the greatest health challenges that we face, yet 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 Cardiff get checked and this is why I'm delighted that Jenny Willott has added her voice to this call."

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