Undiagnosed diabetes puts half a million lives at risk in UK
30 July 2008
Health charity Diabetes UK has warned that more than half a million
people in the UK may face a future of ill health because they have Type
2 diabetes but don't know it.
Diabetes is a serious condition which can lead to heart disease,
blindness, amputation, kidney failure and shorter life expectancy.
However, early diagnosis and good management of the condition can
significantly reduce the risk of diabetic complications.
Douglas Smallwood, Chief Executive of Diabetes UK said, "It is
shocking that more than half a million people are going about their
daily lives unaware they have a condition that puts them at greater risk
of devastating complications.
"Some people can go undiagnosed for up to 12 years and around half of
people with Type 2 diabetes are already showing signs of complications
when they are diagnosed, due to their diagnosis being later than it
"This is a tragedy as diabetes is a manageable condition and many
people live full and healthy lives. The sooner people are diagnosed, the
sooner they can start treating their condition and taking control of
Diabetes UK has launched 'Measure Up', its outdoor advertising
campaign which aims to help find the undiagnosed. The Measure Up bill
boards and posters that can be seen across the country during this
summer aim to raise awareness of the risk factors of Type 2 diabetes.
The charity is encouraging anyone with at least two risk factors to go
to their doctor for a test.
Risk factors of Type 2 diabetes include: having a large waist or
being overweight, aged over 40 or over 25 for people of Black or South
Asian origin, and a family history of the condition.
The Clear Channel outdoor advertising campaign was the top prize in
the Everyclick Charity Challenge, which Diabetes UK won beating over 550
other charities. Everyclick is an online giving platform that allows
users to raise money for the charity of their choice through donations
and the Everyclick search engine, which donates 50% of its revenue to
charity. To date it has helped raise nearly £500,000 for UK charities.
Diabetes UK encouraged its staff and supporters to search the Internet
using Everyclick during the three-month challenge to be crowned the
Everyclick Charity Challenge champions.
To find out if you are at risk of diabetes visit
1. At-risk waist measurements are: 37 inches (94cm) or
more for men, except those of South Asian origin; 31.5 inches (80cm) or
more for all women; 35 inches (90cm) or more for South Asian men.