Tell your story of having diabetes

Diabetes UK wants to hear from people who suffer from diabetes and how it affects them ahead of Diabetes Week which takes place from June 14 - 20.

Jill Streaton, from Diabetes UK said: “We want people to help us spread the message about the importance of good diabetes care and support and hope readers may be able to help us in our search. Perhaps they are living with the condition or they know someone who is.

“We are looking for men and women of all ages and walks of life who have had Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes.

“We hope that by sharing their personal experiences and stories with the community, we can inspire others in the area who are living with diabetes and maybe struggling to manage their condition, to make changes and improve their health.

“In the UK, there are around 3.8 million people who have diabetes. There are 3.2 million people living with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, and around 630,000 more who have Type 2 diabetes but don’t know they have it because they haven’t yet been diagnosed.

“If not managed well, both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes can lead to devastating complications. Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in people of working age in the UK and is a major cause of lower limb amputation, kidney failure and stroke.”

People with diabetes in Sussex wanting to share their stories are invited to contact Diabetes UK.

Send a brief summary of your experience with diabetes via email to sylvia.lambe@diabetes.org.uk.

Find out about the Type 1 essentials that every child and young person should expect to receive at www.diabetes.org.uk/type-1-essentials.

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