The regional manager for Diabetes UK has thanked Eastleigh MP Mike Thornton for his support.
Diabetes UK is campaigning to reach the 7 million people in the UK who are at high risk of Type 2 diabetes and is urging people in Eastleigh to have their risk of the condition checked.
The campaign, funded by a National Charity Partnership with Tesco, aims to help people understand the seriousness of Type 2 diabetes, which can lead to devastating health complications such as amputation, blindness and stroke.
Jill Steaton, Diabetes UK South East Regional Manager said:
“It is very important that people in Eastleigh are aware of the risk factors, which include being over 40 (or over 25 if you are from a South Asian background); being overweight or having a close family member with diabetes.
“We are urging people to take a risk assessment if any of these risk factors apply to them as in most cases it is possible to prevent or delay the onset of the condition by maintaining a healthy lifestyle. You can get risk assessed online (www.diabetes.org.uk/risk), by visiting a pharmacy or by going to your GP.
“Diabetes can lead to devastating complications and shatter lives and families so it’s really essential that people in Eastleigh get checked and this is why I’m delighted that Mike Thornton MP has added his voice to this call.”