West midlands UK diabetes sufferers unaware

Fri, 21 Jul 2006
A new report published jointly by the charity Diabetes UK, the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) and Ask About Medicines, has revealed that a stunning 69 per cent of diabetics in Coventry and the West Midlands are unaware of the dangers associated with poor management of the condition.

The study was conducted on the 202,000 people who have been diagnosed in this region. More statistics revealed by the study paint an alarming overall picture of diabetes in the region. Apparently, almost three quarters (72 per cent) of diabetics said that they didn't know as much as they would like to about treatment options . Almost a quarter (23 per cent) said that they couldn't understand what their doctor or nurse was telling them.

The report calls for healthcare professionals at every level to make diabetes sufferers aware of the most appropriate sources of information. Embarrassment over asking questions should be a thing of the past, experts urged.

Simon O'Neill, speaking for Diabetes UK, said: "As this research shows, many people struggle to realise the importance of taking their medicines, especially if the consequences are not immediately apparent despite the fact that damage caused by not taking their medicines is irreparable."
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