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Chronic disease sufferers urged to make use of resources

18th July 2007

More than 80 per cent of adults would be willing to self-manage were they diagnosed with a chronic condition, a survey by Roche Diagnostics has determined.

The company is campaigning for greater awareness of the information and support that are available to help patients.

There are currently 17.5 million people in the UK who have a long-term health condition, such as diabetes or cardiovascular disease.

Poor self-management often results in complications.

Some 40 per cent of diabetes sufferers are not properly controlling their blood glucose levels.

According to Diabetes UK, just six per cent of their patient members undertook training available to them in 2005.

Roche Diagnostics stressed the importance of contact time in maintaining one's health autonomously.

Debbie Hicks, a nurse consultant in diabetes, welcomed these efforts to improve patient awareness of the "good professional education and support ".

"There is a wealth of support out there such as blood glucose monitoring systems and education packs, yet we need to raise greater awareness of their availability and encourage people to take advantage of them as appropriate," she said.