Thousands of diabetes sufferers undiagnosed in North Somerset

PUBLISHED: 15:00 19 May 2014

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MORE than 3,000 people in North Somerset are living with undiagnosed type two diabetes, according to newly-released estimates from a leading charity.

The research from Diabetes UK found as many as 25 per cent of those with the condition may be unaware they are carrying it, the fifth highest figure in the whole of the South West.

Diabetes UK regional manager Phaedra Perry said: “It is really important that people with type two diabetes are diagnosed early. Diagnosed early, diabetes is manageable.

“But by the time people are diagnosed, half are displaying symptoms of complications. These can be very serious, and include problems with the feet, eyes, kidneys and heart.”

Around 9,500 people in the authority area have diagnosed type one or type two diabetes, and anyone between 40 and 74 is eligible for an NHS health check programme to assess their condition.

But despite the availability, less than six per cent of those entitled in North Somerset received a check between March and December last year.

Ms Perry said: “The checks have the potential to make a big difference to the health of people in North Somerset and we need to see more people in the area being offered them.”

The main symptoms of diabetes include needing to pass urine more often than normal, often feeling thirsty, having blurred eyesight and losing weight without trying.

Anyone wishing to find support can contact the south west Diabetes UK office on 01923 448260 or to take a personalised risk test, visit www.diabetes.org.uk

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