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Diabetes UK teams up with charities to raise awareness

Diabetes UK teams up with charities to raise awareness
11th August 2009

Up to 50,000 people in the UK may have diabetes and do not know they have the condition, according to new statistics presented by a leading charity.

Diabetes UK Cymru, the Welsh arm of the famous organisation, is joining forces with the BBC, the Stroke Association, the British Heart Foundation and others to raise the profile of the disease, which can lead to heart attacks, strokes, amputation and blindness, particularly in the older community.

Dai Williams, the national director for Diabetes UK Cymru, said of the scheme: "It's terrifying that there are around 50,000 people in Wales with diabetes who do not know it.

"We want to find the missing 50,000 to ensure they can manage their diabetes well and live longer, healthier lives without complications."

This week, Diabetes UK revealed that children in the UK who are of a south Asian origin are 13 times more likely to have type 2 diabetes when compared to their Caucasian counterparts.

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