Charity warning for type 2 diabetes patients

Tue, 27 May 2008
According to recent reports in the diabetes news, the leading UK diabetes charity Diabetes UK have issued a warning to over 650,000 UK diabetics who are also obese . This group could apparently be risking major health complications, including stroke and blindness, because of failure to take medicine regularly.

Type 2 diabetes is extremely prevalent in the UK, with over two million people suffering. Diabetes UK warn that over 650,000 of these are not taking their medication as recommended.

The charity conducted a research program with the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry, and revealed a surprising lack of knowledge relating to complications and disease management.

The chief executive of Diabetes UK, Douglas Smallwood, was reported as commenting: "Many people struggle to realise the importance of taking their medicines despite the fact that damage caused is irreparable. Effectively controlling type 2 diabetes can reduce the risk of heart disease by 56%, and eye disease and kidney disease by 33%."
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