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Parliament ‘talks diabetes’

Diabetes UK’s Diabetes Week campaign ‘Let’s talk diabetes’ – aimed at encouraging people with diabetes to talk about their condition – was mentioned during Wednesday’s Prime Minister Questions (PMQs) in the House of Commons.

'Let's talk diabetes'

Adrian Sanders, MP for Torbay, asked Prime Minister David Cameron: “This week is national Diabetes Week and the theme this year is ‘Let’s Talk Diabetes’ - to encourage people with the condition to speak out and not feel stigmatised or worried about being discriminated against or joked against in school, or in the workplace. Would the Prime Minister please support this campaign?”

Cameron: "There's nothing abnormal or wrong"

Prime Minister David Cameron replied: “I will certainly support this campaign. I think my honourable friend makes an extremely good point which is that many people with diabetes find it an embarrassing illness and something they don’t want to talk about, and yet it’s affecting more and more people. I think we have to find a way of encouraging more people to come forward and say there’s nothing abnormal or wrong about this.

"We just need to help people manage their diabetes"

“We just need to help people manage their diabetes, particularly because we want to see them have control over their healthcare and spend less time in hospitals if at all possible.

"So I fully support the campaign and I think we’ve got to look at the long-term costs of people getting diabetes and recognise there’s a big public health agenda, particularly about exercise and other things, that we need to get a hold of.”

Diabetes Week campaign

Diabetes UK is raising awareness of the importance of talking about diabetes during Diabetes Week this year (12 to 18 June) and we are encouraging anyone having difficulty opening up about their condition to call our Careline service for help. A Diabetes UK survey has found that nearly one million people in the UK could be risking their health and experiencing emotional distress by keeping their diabetes a secret.

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