MP Rosie Cooper is calling on West Lancashire constituents to become ‘diabetes aware’ and to take advantage of opportunities to get their diabetes risk factors checked.
People aged 40-74 and who haven’t had a stroke, or don’t already have heart disease, diabetes or kidney disease, should have an NHS Health Check every five years.
MP Rosie is supporting World Diabetes Awareness Day this Wednesday 14th November.
Diabetes costs the NHS £10bn a year, which is 10% of the NHS budget, while around 5% of people in West Lancashire have diabetes.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“Many people across the country are not receiving adequate care and are suffering unnecessarily from life-changing, life-limiting and costly complications, such as kidney disease, problems with their feet and sight loss.
“Diabetes is a serious condition but when it is well managed, people living with diabetes can live enjoy long and healthy lives.
“Only around a quarter of diabetics locally are receiving all eight of the care processes that are recommended to help ensure that people with diabetes keep in good health and avoid complications. This is less than the average for England.
“Around half of the people with type 2 diabetes in the area are achieving the three most important treatment targets (for blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure).
“I have written to West Lancashire CCG to ask how they can improve these figures and better support those living with diabetes.”
Diabetes is the fastest-growing health threat facing our country. It is three times more common than cancer.