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MP urges patients with diabetes symptoms to receive urgent testing

The Member of Parliament for South Shropshire is urging people presenting symptoms of diabetes to not delay getting tested for the condition.
Philip Dunne MP for Ludlow, South Shropshire, is encouraging people to be tested before further complications develop.
Mr Dunne told the Ludlow Advertiser: “Diabetes is a growing health concer, which can lead to further complications if left untreated.
“But getting tested is quick and easy, so if you are unsure whether you might have diabetes, seek advice.”
Getting tested for diabetes is recommended if you have any symptoms of diabetes and can be invaluable for catching diabetes at an early stage.
Around four million people are living with diabetes in the UK. Many more are feared to be unaware they have the condition, which can cause blindness, heart attack and stroke if left untreated.
The symptoms of type 1 diabetes include increased thirst and urination, unexplained weight loss and feeling all the tired all the time. If you or someone you know experiences these symptoms then a doctor should be seen as a matter of urgency.
Similar symptoms exist with type 2 diabetes, while people can reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes by eating healthily and getting regular exercise.
Earlier this week, health secretary Jeremy Hunt urge healthcare leaders to make significant improvements in the care and support available to people with diabetes in the UK.
And Labour MP Jamie Reed launched a petition in the summer to make continuous glucose monitors (CGM) available free to all adults and children with type 1 diabetes.

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