Campaign highlights dangers of diabetes
Less than half realise it can lead to amputations
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.diabetes.org. uk.