REDCAR MP Ian Swales underwent a blood test to alert constituents to the dangers of diabetes.


The disease, in particular type 2 diabetes, is a significant and growing health issue, which affects about one in 16 people in the UK.

Mr Swales said that meant more than 6,200 people in Redcar were living with the disease.

While many have been diagnosed, he said a significant number are likely to be living with diabetes without realising it.

“It is essential that we raise awareness about this illness so it can be diagnosed early and actively managed to help mitigate the serious consequences of the disease,” he said.

“I am pleased to support the International Diabetes Federation in raising awareness of the signs and symptoms of diabetes and complications such as cardiovascular disease, blindness, amputation and hypoglycaemia.


“Getting tested takes only a few minutes and could save you years of illness. If you are concerned about diabetes, talk to your GP or pharmacist about having a blood glucose test, as I did.”

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