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Lack of diabetes awareness 'putting lives at risk'

A survey reveals that people at high risk of developingdiabetes know very little about the condition.

The research, carried out by Ipsos MORI Social Research Institute forDiabetes UK, found that four out of five people don't realise they are in danger of developing Type 2 diabetes.

It also suggests that only a third of those in high risk groups realise that diabetes can lead to heart disease and stroke.

In addition, the survey reveals that many people who are already diagnosed with diabetes don't know that the condition can lead to serious health complications. Half of those diagnosed are not aware it can lead to a stroke, and a third don't realise that diabetes increases the risk of heart disease, the survey found."These results are shocking," said Douglas Smallwood, Chief Executive of Diabetes UK.

"Diabetes is serious and the number of people with the condition are increasing rapidly. People need to know the risks, what they can do about them and those already diagnosed need to be educated on how to manage their condition effectively.

"If the Government is to deliver on its public health promises, it has tocommit itself and the NHS to educating people."

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