According to the Welsh branch of diabetes charity Diabetes UK, some 50,000 people in Wales could be living with diabetes and not know it. Diabetes UK Cymru will visit five locations to try and raise awareness about diabetes .
The awareness drive will run for a week, and members of the public can be given free diabetes risk tests by pharmacies throughout Wales. The diabetic population of Wales is thought to be around 140,000.
The National director of Diabetes UK Cymru, Dai Williams, was reported in diabetes news as commenting: “It’s terrifying that there are around 50,000 people in Wales with diabetes who do not know it. People can live with the condition for up to 10 years without knowing it, which means many of them have the serious complications of diabetes by the time they are diagnosed. The week is the perfect opportunity for people to have a diabetes risk assessment at their local pharmacy and to visit the bus to find out more about the condition. We want to find the missing 50,000 to ensure they can manage their diabetes well and live longer, healthier lives without complications.”

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