Cam­paign high­lights dan­gers of di­a­betes

Less than half re­alise it can lead to am­pu­ta­tions

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­

LESS than half of peo­ple are aware that di­a­betes can cause se­ri­ous com­pli­ca­tions such as am­pu­ta­tions, ac­cord­ing to a new survey.

This de­spite there be­ing 90 di­a­betes-re­lated am­pu­ta­tions in the Chiltern CCG area in the last three years.

The na­tion­wide survey of 1,986 peo­ple sug­gests that just 43 per cent of peo­ple are aware that di­a­betes can cause foot ul­cers or am­pu­ta­tions.

Di­a­betes UK has launched the find­ings to mark the start of an ad­ver­tis­ing cam­paign in the Chiltern area that aims to high­light the se­ri­ous po­ten­tial im­pact of the con­di­tion on both peo­ple and their fam­i­lies.

SE­RI­OUS CON­SE­QUENCES: Che­sham town and dis­trict Coun­cil­lor Derek Lacey had his left leg am­pu­tated

The aim of the cam­paign, funded by Di­a­betes UK’s Na­tional Char­ity Part­ner­ship with Tesco, is to raise aware­ness of the po­ten­tial im­pact of Type 2 di­a­betes.

Up to 80 per cent of Type 2 cases could be pre­vented or de­layed through life­style changes, but the char­ity is con­cerned that peo­ple in Chiltern may not un­der­stand why it is so im­por­tant to do what peo­ple can to help pre­vent it.

South East re­gional man­ager of Di­a­betes UK Jill Steaton said: “The stark fact is that in the last three years 90 di­a­betes re­lated am­pu­ta­tions have hap­pened in the Chiltern area yet our new re­search shows that pub­lic un­der­stand­ing of its con­se­quences is much too low.

“It’s vi­tal that we raise aware­ness in the Chiltern area of the po­ten­tial con­se­quences of Type 2 di­a­betes.”

Che­sham Coun­cil­lor Derek Lacey, 71, was di­ag­nosed with di­a­betes at the age of 15 and 11 years ago had his left leg am­pu­tated be­cause of the dis­ease.

He said: “It’s very im­por­tant peo­ple take it se­ri­ously, most peo­ple don’t un­til some­thing se­ri­ous hap­pens.

“My am­pu­ta­tion was the fact I’d had it 50 years, but most peo­ple with di­a­betes can avoid this fate.

“Look after your­self now and take it se­ri­ously to avoid con­se­quences like am­pu­ta­tion, I re­ally don’t ad­vise that.

“I’m pleased this cam­paign is run­ning as it’s very im­por­tant.”

The cam­paign will run un­til De­cem­ber 14.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.di­a­ uk.

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