Crewkerne Pharmacy highlights importance of diabetes awareness

(Posted on 25/11/13)


Crewkerne Pharmacy highlights importance of diabetes awareness

With the globally recognised World Diabetes Day held just days ago as part of the International Diabetes Foundation’s campaign to raise awareness throughout November, Crewkerne is reminding its customers of the impact of diabetes.  

Andy McKee, branch manager at Crewkerne Pharmacy, said: “The continued rise in the percentage of adults with diabetes is a major national health concern.”

“The figures within our local authority are, worryingly, higher than the national average, so it’s more important than ever for us to raise awareness of the causes of diabetes and to help educate the community.”

The current percentage of adults over 16 with diabetes is increasing nationwide. In Somerset the percentage of diagnosed and undiagnosed diabetes is 7.9%, higher than the national average of 7.4%. This figure is expected to continue rising to 9.7% by 2030.

Andy continued: “There has been a massive increase in the number of people suffering from diabetes over the past 30 years, both here in the UK and worldwide.

“It’s never been more important to understand what causes diabetes and how you can look after your health to take steps to avoid it

“Many of the prescriptions we handle are related to diabetes and linked conditions, so we see first hand how it can affect people’s lives. World Diabetes Day is a great way to raise awareness of the condition.”

Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs when the pancreas can no longer make insulin or when the body cannot make good use of the insulin it produces. This causes raised glucose levels in the blood, which can damage the body and lead to organ failure long term.

Three million people in the UK have been diagnosed with diabetes and in England 7.4% of the population have diagnosed or undiagnosed diabetes. 

Andy said: “Diabetes costs the NHS over £1.5m an hour, which is 10% of the NHS budget for England and Wales – that’s over £25,000 being spent on diabetes every minute. Around £14 billion pounds is spent a year on treating diabetes and its complications. 

“At present it’s not know how to prevent Type 1 diabetes, but a healthy lifestyle, weight and diet can play a big part in preventing Type 2 diabetes.”

You can find out more about diabetes and World Diabetes Day at http://www.idf.org/. 



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