World Diabetes Day

Today is World Diabetes Day which aims to spreading the message about diabetes and raising awareness for the condition.

Diabetes can be deadly if undiagnosed as happened to my Grandmother. I never met her as she died the week before Christmas when my Dad was a boy.

Today there are 3.2 million people diagnosed with diabetes in the UK. The proportion of undiagnosed is falling but it is still estimated that 630,000 people who have the condition, but don’t know it.

On Friday 10 January 2014, NHS England published ‘Action for Diabetes’ which sets out the actions NHS England is taking to improve diabetes care. These include working with Public Health England to roll out the NHS Health Check programme and implementing a ‘customer service platform’ to allow patients with diabetes to book appointments, manage prescriptions and view personal health records.

I am so proud that the Conservatives in government have been able to protect spending on the NHS, including public health. Including the NHS Health Check, a key programme to systematically address the top seven causes of preventable mortality, including Type 2 Diabetes. It has the potential to prevent over 4,000 people a year from developing diabetes. In the last year over 2.8 million NHS Health Check offers were made and over 1.38 million appointments were taken up, during a time of much transformation across the health system.

Check if you are at risk using this link and share to let others do the same.