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Eastbourne & Willingdon Lib Dems

Stephen Lloyd MP supports the International Diabetes Federation in raising awareness of diabetes.

March 31, 2014 12:33 PM

Stephen Lloyd, MP for Eastbourne joined volunteers in Parliament from the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), to raise awareness of the increasing prevalence of diabetes in the UK.

The IDF and its member organisations - which include Diabetes UK - are working to improve the political and public awareness of diabetes as a major disease and the critical interventions that are necessary to counter it and to ensure that people with diabetes receive the high quality treatment they need to avoid unnecessary complications.

Around 3.2 million people have been diagnosed with diabetes in the UK[i], but it is estimated that a further 850,000 people may be living with the condition without realising it[ii]. 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.[iii] If diagnosed early, diabetes can be actively managed to help mitigate the serious consequences of the disease.

Stephen Lloyd MP and met with healthcare professionals at a special event in Westminster to find out more about the disease.

Stephen said: "With diabetes rates increasing across the country and around the world, I am pleased to support the International Diabetes Federation in raising awareness of the signs and symptoms of diabetes and complications such as cardiovascular disease, blindness, amputation and hypoglycaemia. I was particularly glad to welcome the diabetes charities and nurses to Westminster, as it was when they last visited Parliament 18 months ago to publicise the importance of diabetes check by testing MPs, that it was identified I was type 2 diabetic. Thank Heavens they found out so early so I could do something about it! Getting tested takes only a few minutes and could save you years of illness. If you are concerned about diabetes, please talk to your GP or pharmacist about having a blood glucose test, as I did yesterday."

Sir Michael Hirst, President of the International Diabetes Federation said: "Diabetes is one of the most pressing health issues in the world today and we are pleased to have the support of MPs like Stephen in raising awareness of the condition. Early detection of diabetes is essential in preventing complications like stroke and blindness. We hope that this event will help further raise awareness of the condition in the UK."