East Antrim MLA Roy Beggs, Ulster Unionist Party Health Spokesperson has added his support to diabetes week which runs from 10th – 16th June and aims to raise awareness of the work of Diabetes UK.
Roy Beggs MLA said “This public awareness week will hopefully increase the public’s understanding of diabetes and help to tackle stigma. Diabetes UK are keen to get some facts across about diabetes. At the moment in the UK 4.7m people are living with diabetes, including 1 million who don’t even know they have diabetes. In total around one in 15 of us are living with diabetes so the chances are high that we have a family member or friend with diabetes.”
A Diabetes UK representative said “Type 1 and Type 2 are the two main types of diabetes. There are rarer types too. What the all have in common is they raise sugar levels in the blood and that can seriously damage the body.”
Roy Beggs MLA continued “Diabetes is a something that anyone can get. Somethings increase your risk of developing it, from genetics and ethnic background to gender, age and lifestyle factors. It can be controlled through what you eat, tablets and injections. People with diabetes have become professional athletes, topped the charts and ruled the country. It might make life harder but it doesn’t have to change your ambitions or adventures.”