Carshalton and Wallington MP raises diabetes awareness

November 12, 2012 2:58 PM

This Wednesday November 14th is World Diabetes Day, and Tom Brake MP is doing his part in spreading awareness for the disease.

Tom said "It's estimated that one in twenty adults in Sutton has diabetes. By 2025, it's estimated that five million people in the UK will have diabetes. These statistics show just how prevalent diabetes is in our society, and that greater public awareness is necessary to stem it."

There are two main types of diabetes; Type 1 develops when the body cannot naturally produce insulin, a hormone that breaks down glucose to be used as fuel by the body. Type 2 is much more common and develops when the body doesn't produce enough insulin, or the insulin it does produce doesn't work properly.

Type 1 usually occurs in people younger than 40, and Type 2 usually occurs in people older than 40 and is associated with being overweight.

Tom said, "Diabetes can result in cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, eye disease, depression, and sexual dysfunction, among other disorders. I strongly urge anyone who thinks they may be diabetic to get a check-up as soon as possible so that these ill-effects and others can be avoided."

To learn more about diabetes, its symptoms, and treatment methods visit http://www.diabetes.org.uk/.

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