Mike Weir, MP for Angus, is backing a Diabetes UK’s campaign and is urging Angus residents to have their risk of Type 2 Diabetes checked.
Diabetes UK campaign, funded by its National Charity Partnership with Tesco, aims to help people understand the seriousness of Type 2 diabetes, which can lead to health complications such as amputation, blindness and stroke, so that people understand the importance of preventing it.
The campaign will also raise awareness of the risk factors of the condition – being over 40 (or over 25 if you are from a South Asian background); being overweight or having a close family member with diabetes – and is urging people to take a risk assessment if any of these risk factors apply to them. People can do this online at www.diabetes.org.uk/riskscore, visiting a pharmacy or going to their GP.
Mr Weir said: “Type 2 diabetes is a very serious condition that can lead to devastating complications such as blindness, amputations and stroke and can have a devastating impact on both the people affected and their families.
“Yet there are many people in Angus who are at high risk of the condition or already have it but don’t know it. It is important that these people get assessed so that they can get the treatment and support that they need to reduce their risk or manage the condition. This is why I’m backing Diabetes UK’s campaign and urging people in Angus to make themselves aware of the risk factors for Type 2 diabetes and to have a risk assessment if any risk factors apply to them.
“It is one of the best things you can do for your health and for your family.”
Barbara Young, Diabetes UK chief executive, said: “Diabetes can lead to devastating complications and shatters lives and families so it’s really essential that people in Angus get checked and this is why I’m delighted that Mike has added his voice to this call.”