Michael Gapes, MP for Ilford South, attended the Diabetes UK parliamentary event ‘Let’s Talk Diabetes’ on Monday 13 June to support the leading health charity’s aim of encouraging people to talk about their diabetes.
The survey found one in three people with diabetes (34 per cent) had, or were still, keeping their diabetes a secret. Worryingly, almost half of these people (49 per cent) felt that not talking about their diabetes had impacted on how they manage their condition and over a third (39 per cent) felt this had affected their physical or emotional health. Results of a survey conducted by Diabetes UK for Diabetes Week (12 to 18 June) found nearly one million people in the UK could be risking their health and experiencing emotional distress by keeping their diabetes a secret.
The charity has tabled an Early Day Motion in Parliament 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.
“I believe all people should receive enough support to help them manage their diabetes and that’s why services such as the Diabetes UK Careline are so vital. Simply knowing you have someone to talk to when you need it most can make all the difference to help people better manage their diabetes and reduce their risk of developing devastating complications. There are 358,400 people diagnosed with diabetes in London who need friends, family, employers and the public to understand how common diabetes is becoming and how serious it can be if people aren’t supported to manage their condition.