Diabetes UK held a parliamentary event on Monday 13 June, called ‘Let’s Talk Diabetes’, to support the charity’s aim of encouraging people to talk about their diabetes.
Over 20 MPs from across the country attended the event, along with Peers, clinicians and people with diabetes who have helped the charity with this year’s campaign.
No-one has to deal with diabetes alone
The charity held the event to raise awareness in Parliament of the importance of talking about diabetes and that no-one should have to deal with their diabetes in isolation. Lord Kennedy hosted the event and helped the charity highlight that people with diabetes should have appropriate support, and that Diabetes UK’s Careline is a vital service to help people who are having difficulties talking about their diabetes.
Diabetes UK President, Richard Lane, with the charity's Chief Executive, Barbara Young
The charity also tabled an Early Day Motion in Parliament (EDM 1883) calling on the government to take action to ensure the provision of emotional and psychological support as an integral part of a diabetes care package as a matter of priority.
Adrian Sanders, MP for Torbay, later asked Prime Minister David Cameron to support Diabetes UK’s campaign during Diabetes Week to encourage people with diabetes to speak out about their condition.
Managing diabetes can be challenging
Diabetes UK used the results of its recent Diabetes Week survey at the event to highlight that nearly one million people in the UK could be risking their health by keeping their diabetes a secret.
Barbara Young, Chief Executive of Diabetes UK, said: “We have to ask why so many people with diabetes keep it a secret. Learning to live with and managing diabetes is challenging enough without the physical and psychological impact of such a burden.
"It is hugely concerning that the health and well-being of so many people could be at risk as a result of discrimination or prejudice.”
If you are having difficulties talking about your diabetes call the Diabetes UK Careline.