It was the lead story Wednesday morning on BBC Radio 4′s The Today Programme and headlined in the British broadsheet newspapers.
A devastating new report says diabetics in Britain are dying far too early due to poor management of their condition.
This includes not receiving basic diabetic health checks on the NHS, unhealthy lifestyles and not properly understanding how to take prescribed medication.
The new report urges better education and support for people with diabetes.
Teaching people how to manage their condition (including exercising and improving one’s diet) reduces the risk of complications.
Education is vital–not just for people with diabetes, but also for friends and loved ones, if they are to provide the necessary support.
“Fit as a fiddle me–maybe a bit overweight; got to get exercising and cut out the extra chips–going to start tomorrow, honest! Don’t worry about me.“
An old schoolmate convinced me to have a blood test for prostate cancer, after he’d been diagnosed with it.
My blood test was clear for cancer–but it turned up higher than normal glucose (sugar) levels in my blood. A second test six months later confirmed the diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes.
In a way I was doubly lucky.
My mother had Type 1 diabetes (injecting) for 30 years; I knew from watching her struggle that I had to take my own predicament seriously.
The support of friends and family is important.
In a recent interview for Diabetes UK‘s Balance Magazine I was asked :
What would you do if you were head of NHS Diabetes Services for a day?
I’d have a day for the partners of people with diabetes. There’s a lot of ignorance around and more people need to learn about the condition.