According to UK diabetes news today, a new film that addresses the myths that type 1 diabetes is a more serious disease that type 2 diabetes will be show on BBC Wales. The film, which is just 40 seconds long, was written alongside Diabetes UK Cymru.
The same actor plays a role as both type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes, and explains just how serious each form of the condition really is. The actor shows how diabetes can lead to diabetes complications including heart disease, eye problems and kidney disease.
The National Director of Diabetes UK Cymru, Dai Williams, was reported in the news as commenting: “Despite 140,000 people being diagnosed with diabetes in Wales and 50,000 more having the condition without knowing it, diabetes is still misunderstood. People often think Type 2 diabetes is less serious because they are managing it with diet and tablets rather than insulin injections. But diabetes is serious whether you have Type 1 or Type 2. If it’s not properly managed it can lead to heart disease, strokes, blindness, kidney disease and amputation. This film really sends out that message. We need people to understand that diabetes can be life-threatening if they don’t manage it properly.”

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