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

March 28, 2014 2:45 PM

Mark Hunter, MP for Cheadle constituency, joined volunteers from the International Diabetes Federation to raise awareness of the increasing prevalence of diabetes in the UK on Wednesday (26 March 2014).

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.

Diabetes test

Mark Hunter, MP for Cheadle, has a blood glucose test by Diabetes UK nurse

Mark Hunter MP had a diabetes test and met with healthcare professionals at a special event in Westminster to find out more about the disease. The event was held with the support of healthcare companies Novo Nordisk and Roche.

Mark Hunter MP 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. Getting tested takes only a few minutes and could save you years of illness. If you are concerned about diabetes, 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 Mark Hunter MP 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."

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