52 MPs have already shown their support for Diabetes UK's ‘Measure Up’ campaign by signing Early Day Motion 1922 on its first day.
Early Day Motions allow MPs to voice concerns and call for the government to act and we welcome this strong show of support for our diabetes awareness campaign.
It is estimated that there are still 750,000 people undiagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in the UK. Because of late diagnosis 50 per cent of people with diabetes are needlessly suffering from devastating complications, such as heart disease, blindness and stroke.
Diabetes UK is aiming to find a large proportion of the undiagnosed and will be running its hugely successful ‘Measure Up’ campaign to help to find those who are unaware they have the condition. However, government plays an important role in finding these people and should introduce a targeted early identification programme based on the risk factors associated with diabetes.
“The complications associated with diabetes are avoidable,” said Angela Style, Head of Campaigning at Diabetes UK.
“People are spending 1.1 million days in hospital each year. Treating diabetes and these avoidable complications takes up as much as 5 to 10 per cent of the NHS budget.
"However, identifying diabetes earlier can help save the NHS money and, more importantly, help improve the quality of lives of the 750,000 people who currently remain undiagnosed.”"