The number of people in Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford who have been forced to have an amputation as a result of diabetes is ‘worryingly’ above the national average.
There has been 114 diabetes-related amputations in the Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford CCG area in the past three years - a rate of 4.3 per 1,000 adults compared to a UK average of just 2.6.
Diabetes UK, a national charity that raises awareness of the condition, is concerned that enough people aren’t aware of the serious effects it can have.
According to recent survey results, 43 per cent of people were not aware diabetes can cause ulcers or amputations, while 47 per cent were oblivious to the fact it can cause blindness. Just under half of the adults asked did not know it can also lead to early death.
As a result, Diabetes UK is running a hard-hitting regional advertising campaign to get across the serious potential impact of the condition.
Jill Steaton, south east regional manager of Diabetes UK, said, “It is vital we raise awareness in Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford of the potential consequences of diabetes so that people understand if they are carrying extra weight, it is really important they lose it.
“I hope our advertising campaign will get across the message about the seriousness of diabetes and give people who are concerned that they might be at risk something practical they can do to take reduce their own risk. It’s much better to take steps to lose weight now than have to manage a serious lifelong condition.”