Reading Residents Encouraged To “Know Diabetes, Fight Diabetes”

PEOPLE in Reading are encouraged to share their knowledge and experience to help raise awareness of and prevent Type 2 diabetes during this year’s Diabetes Week.

4.5million people are currently living with the diabetes in the UK, with another 11.9million at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. In Reading alone it is estimated that over 10,000 people will have the condition by 2020.

Despite these figures, awareness of the disease remains worryingly low. Fewer than two in five people purport to fully understanding the risks and causes of it. However, around three in five cases of Type 2 diabetes can be delayed or prevented by making simple changes.

Diabetes Week will take place from Sunday 11 June to Saturday 17 June and this, is an opportunity to raise awareness of this potentially life changing condition and more importantly raise awareness of how people can know and reduce their risk.

Reading Borough Council will be helping to raise awareness of the Know Diabetes, Fight Diabetes campaign throughout the week with information being promoted at the local Carer’s Day event on Wednesday 14 June, and Disability Awareness Day on Saturday 17 June at the Civic Offices.

This year’s theme is also aimed at encouraging those with the condition to get in touch and share their knowledge and experiences to help and inspire others.

Reading Borough Council’s Lead Member for Health, Graeme Hoskin said:

“Diabetes is one of the biggest health crises we face in the UK. Right now over one million people in the UK are living with undiagnosed Type 2 diabetes, which could lead to devastating consequences, and Reading is no exception.

We need to do all that we can to raise awareness of diabetes to prevent future cases, and help those with it to manage it effectively. Diabetes Week is one step towards improving awareness of diabetes.”

For more information about Diabetes Week, and how to get involved, please visit www.diabetes.org.uk/Get_involved/Diabetes-Week/. You can find out your risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes with Diabetes UK’s popular online questionnaire, Know Your Risk.

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Notes to Editors

Diabetes UK is the leading UK charity that campaigns on behalf of all people affected by and at risk of diabetes. For more information on all aspects of diabetes and access to Diabetes UK activities and services, visit www.diabetes.org.uk

Diabetes is a condition where there is too much glucose in the blood because the body cannot use it properly. If not managed well, both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes can lead to devastating complications. Diabetes is one of the leading causes of preventable sight loss in people of working age in the UK and is a major cause of lower limb amputation, kidney failure and stroke.

People with Type 1 diabetes cannot produce insulin. No one knows exactly what causes it, but it’s not to do with being overweight and it isn’t currently preventable. It usually affects children or young adults, starting suddenly and getting worse quickly. Type 1 diabetes is treated by daily insulin doses – taken either by injections or via an insulin pump. It is also recommended to follow a healthy diet and take regular physical activity.

People with Type 2 diabetes don’t produce enough insulin or the insulin they produce doesn’t work properly (known as insulin resistance). 85 to 90 per cent of people with diabetes have Type 2. They might get Type 2 diabetes because of their family history, age and ethnic background puts them at increased risk. They are also more likely to get Type 2 diabetes if they are overweight. Type 2 diabetes is treated with a healthy diet and increased physical activity. In addition, tablets and/or insulin may be required. Evidence shows the best way to reduce your risk of Type 2 diabetes is by:

•             Eating better

•             Moving more

•             Reducing your weight if you are overweight

The most common symptoms of diabetes are:

•             Going to the toilet a lot, especially at night.

•             Being really thirsty.

•             Feeling more tired than usual.

•             Losing weight without trying to.

•             Genital itching or thrush.

•             Cuts and wounds take longer to heal.

•             Blurred vision.

 

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Diabetes UK (2017), Reducing Obesity and Preventing Type 2 Diabetes. Available at: https://www.diabetes.org.uk/Preventing-Type-2-diabetes/Prevention/ (accessed 7th June 2017).

Public Health England (June 2015), Diabetes Prevalence Estimates for Local Populations. Available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/diabetes-prevalence-estimates-for-local-populations (accessed 7th June 2017)