Diabetes awareness campaign

A £2 million campaign to raise awareness of type two diabetes gets underway this afternoon.

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Diabetes awareness campaign begins

Blood being taken for diabetes check Credit: PA

A £2 million campaign to raise awareness of type two diabetes gets underway this afternoon.

Less than a third of people in the UK realise the condition can lead to amputations, heart attacks, blindness and stroke, according to a new survey.

Unlike type one diabetes, eighty per cent of type two diabetes can be prevented by making lifestyle changes.

Chief Executive of Diabetes UK, Barbara Young, said:

“By doing relatively simple things like losing some weight, eating more fruits and vegetable and becoming more active, we can all significantly reduce our risk.”

More than 10,000 people in Cumbria are currently living with undiagnosed diabetes.

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