High­est preva­lence of di­a­betes in UK

‘Tell us how liv­ing with di­a­betes makes you feel’

Glamorgan Gazette - - Your Views - Dai Williams Na­tional Di­rec­tor, Di­a­betes UK Cymru

OVER 191,000 peo­ple are liv­ing with di­a­betes in Wales, the high­est preva­lence in the UK. The con­di­tion doesn’t just af­fect peo­ple phys­i­cally but also has a big emo­tional im­pact that is of­ten over­looked.

Liv­ing with di­a­betes can be tough. It is a com­plex, life­long con­di­tion that must be closely man­aged day-to-day and feel­ing stressed or over­whelmed is nat­u­ral. A lack of sup­port to help deal with the emo­tional and psy­cho­log­i­cal im­pact of the con­di­tion can make it even harder to man­age.

At Di­a­betes UK Cymru we want emo­tional, psy­cho­log­i­cal and men­tal health sup­port for peo­ple with di­a­betes to become a pri­or­ity. We be­lieve ev­ery­one should have the space and op­por­tu­nity to talk about their emo­tional well­be­ing, be em­pow­ered to seek sup­port and know where to go to get it.

Your ex­pe­ri­ences will help us make the case, so please take part in our sur­vey.

Tell us how liv­ing with di­a­betes makes you feel and whether the care you re­ceive gives you enough sup­port to man­age your di­a­betes when your emo­tional well­be­ing is low.

If you are liv­ing with di­a­betes, or are a par­ent of or a carer for some­one with di­a­betes, com­plete our on­line sur­vey by Septem­ber 30 at bit.ly/di­a­bete­se­mo­tion­al­sup­port

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