Diabetes: Don’t be one of hidden sufferers

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A GROUP for diabetics is urging others to join them as statistics showed thousands of people are still going undiagnosed.

The Washington Diabetes UK Group offers support and information, but the numbers attending meetings are low and more are being urged to join up.

Secretary Nigel Frew told of the importance of people getting the medical help they need, and joining a group which can give them support.

“Leaving Type 1 diabetes untreated can lead to serious health problems, including diabetic ketoacidosis, which can result in a potentially fatal coma.

“Type 2 diabetes can be easier to miss, especially in the early stages when the underlying symptoms may not be apparent.

“But diabetes affects many major organs, including your heart, blood vessels, nerves, eyes and kidneys. Being diagnosed early and controlling your blood glucose levels can help prevent these complications.”

Latest statistics show 3.2m UK people have diabetes, but 630,000 people are thought to have it but don’t know it.

The group’s next meeting is on Thursday, May 21, from 6pm to 8pm at Oxclose Community Academy, in Dilston Close, Washington.

Dr Rahul Nayar, consultant and clinical lead for diabetes and endocrinology at City Hospitals Sunderland, will give a presentation.

Members will also have a tombola table tomorrow at Asda in The Galleries, Washington, from 11am to 3pm.

Group chairman George McLaughlin said: “There are a lot of people out there who could be diabetic but they do not know it.”

To find out more, visit https://www.facebook.com/WashingtonDiabetesUKGroup or contact George on 07964 075776.