Tackling diabetes under the age of 40 is the mission

A NEW campaign has been launched to raise awareness of type 2 diabetes among 40-year-olds in the West Midlands, as shocking statistics reveal that more than 16,300 people in that age bracket are already living with the condition in the region.

Nationally, the number of registered cases has increased by 23 percent in the group under 40 in the past five years.

The serious condition has more serious and acute consequences in people under the age of 40 and, without proper treatment and support, can lead to serious complications, including kidney failure and heart disease.

Now a charity partnership between Diabetes UK and Tesco has analyzed NHS data and set up a new free online tool to help people in the West Midlands monitor their type 2 risk.

Many people under 40 in the West Midlands are unaware of the symptoms of type 2 diabetes or the devastating complications the condition can lead to.

The study also shows the impact of the crisis on the cost of living. Overall, 57 percent said they had neglected their health as a direct result of the current crisis, and 23 percent said they had avoided or delayed medical checkups.

The UK survey of people aged 18 to 39 also found that 67 per cent in the West Midlands did not know how to control their risk of type 2 diabetes, 61 per cent did not know what the symptoms were and few realized it could lead to amputations (at 30 percent), strokes (27 percent) and depression (20 percent).

Symptoms include going to the toilet more often, especially at night, feeling more tired because the body can’t get enough glucose to the cells for energy, unexplained weight loss, itching or thrush of the genitals, cuts or wounds that take longer to heal. cured, blurred vision and extreme thirst .

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The simple process analyzes participants’ information, including age, height, weight, waistline, BMI, background and whether there is a family history of diabetes, before producing a ‘risk factor’ result and providing advice on how to adjust the level. lowered.

As well as providing in-store support at Tesco pharmacies, the supermarket giant has produced a range of healthy and budget-friendly recipes, which are available through the Tesco Real Food website.

Shannon Ball, 26, was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes at age 16.

She said: “I know how overwhelming a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes can be for a younger person – I’ve been through it – and I also know how difficult it can be to know where to go for support or advice if you’re concerned about your health.

“That’s why I want to help as many people as possible understand their risk for type 2 diabetes and find the support to act.

She added that with the right advice and support, she was proof that it was possible for people to take more control of their health.

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