you recognise Diabetes? Town MP backs awareness campaign
MP Tessa Munt has this week given her backing to a national campaign
to raise awareness of the four main symptoms of Type 1 diabetes.
attended a parliamentary reception to launch Diabetes UK's 'four
Ts' campaign, which highlights the four symptoms of Type 1 diabetes
- Toilet, Thirsty, Tired and Thinner.
heard that, despite Diabetes being a serious condition, nine out
of ten parents are unable to correctly identify frequent urinating,
excessive thirst, extreme tiredness and unexplained weight loss
as the main symptoms of the condition.
UK believes this is one of the reasons why a quarter of children
with Type 1 diabetes are only diagnosed once they are already
seriously ill with diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), a life threatening
condition that needs immediate treatment in hospital.
said: "It is important that every parent and carer in my
patch knows about Diabetes UKs 'four Ts' campaign. At the
moment too many children are only being diagnosed with diabetes
when they are already very ill, but there is no reason why children
with the condition cant get a quick diagnosis."
Young, Diabetes UK Chief Executive, added: "We are delighted
that Tessa is supporting our campaign and is helping us raise
awareness of the key signs and symptoms of Type 1 diabetes. This
will help ensure children are diagnosed at the right time and
avoid the horror of becoming so ill that their life is in danger."