Swindon people urged to prioritise diabetes

By Barrie Hudson - 7 June 2022

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The Diabetes UK charity is calling on Swindon people to sign up for a national campaign.

According to the charity, one person in 14 has the condition and a greater number care for somebody who has it.
Diabetes Week runs from 13-19 June, and Diabetes UK is calling on decision-makers across the UK to do more to support people living with and affected by diabetes.
The charity's South West regional chief, Phaedra Perry, said: "Diabetes is a hidden condition, but the people living with diabetes should never be put to the back of the queue because of that. 

Earlier this year, Diabetes UK ran a survey of more than 10,000 people to understand better the experiences of people living with diabetes in accessing care over the past two years during the covid pandemic. 

"In the South West, 45 percent of respondents told us they had difficulty managing their condition in 2021. Of these, 63 percent attributed this in part to not having sufficient access to their healthcare team, and 14 prcent per cent reported having no contact with their healthcare team about their diabetes since the pandemic began in March 2020.

"We’re calling for a commitment that diabetes is put at the heart of national and local health plans so people living with, and at risk of, diabetes get the care they need."

People are welcome to visit diabetes.org.uk and sign up to receive the latest updates from the charity's campaign, Diabetes Is Serious, and £discover more ways of becoming involved.

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