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Self-care Week: MEP backs Diabetes Healthcheck Campaign

November 17, 2011 10:41 AM
Liz Lynne MEP gets tested for diabetes

Liz Lynne takes a Diabetes test. Basic checks and early treatment can greatly help diabetes patients, say charity campaigners.

Lib Dem MEP Liz Lynne is backing a call by health charities to promote a series of simple preventive checks to improve the diagnosis and care of diabetes, which now affects 32 million people in the EU, 2.9 million in the UK.

The call was made by Diabetes UK and an alliance of European health charities to mark Self-Care Week, which runs from November 14th to 20th and includes World Diabetes Day, which was set up by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to promote global awareness of the condition.

The International Diabetes Federation Europe organised a debate and exhibition at the European Parliament in Strasbourg to mark the event on Tuesday November 15th.

People with diabetes are at risk of complications such as heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness and amputation. Many of these can be prevented if patients regularly receive 15 vital healthcare checks and specialist services they need to stay healthy.

In Britain, Diabetes UK has launched a new drive to encourage people who think they might be at risk to get a copy of the diabetes health checklist and make sure they are getting the care they need.

Lib Dem MEP Liz Lynne is a strong supporter of preventive health care and comprehensive screening.

She said: "Diabetes is an increasing threat. Taking precautions and sensible basic checks costs little or nothing but can greatly help future treatment and save money in the long term.

"People are often a bit shy of asking for health checks, they needn't be. This diabetes checklist can be downloaded from the internet and it is a good idea to pass on to any family members, friends and colleagues who may have the condition.

"This will help ensure the 2.9 million people with diabetes in the UK receive the care they need and also help NHS professionals to have the best information about their patients."

ENDS

For more information on World Diabetes Day, Self-Care Week and the 15 healthcare essentials campaign, visit Diabetes UK's website at
http://www.diabetes.org.uk/Get_involved/Raising-awareness/World-Diabetes-Day/

To download a copy of the Diabetes Health Checklist, visit
http://www.diabetes.org.uk/upload/About%20us/15%20measures%20checklist.pdf