A new campaign is urging people with Type 2 diabetes to take control of
According to the campaigners, around 225,000 people living in Ireland are
diabetic, with 90% having Type 2 diabetes.
The number of those with diabetes is steadily increasing
and it is expected a quarter of a million people here will suffer from the
condition by 2030.
The research, by Diabetes Ireland and Janssen, showed that 70% feel they are
in control of their diabetes.
The study states that only half significantly changed their diet, just 35%
significantly improved their exercise habits and almost a quarter (23%) forgot
to take their diabetes medication at some stage in the previous month and 1 in
20 do this at least once a week.
Proper treatment is essential to prevent complications, says Dr Anna Clarke,
health promotion manager with Diabetes Ireland.
"Type 2 diabetes is like a silent condition; it's going on in the
background - you may not know you're causing damage to your blood vessels. And
unfortunately that can come back and kick you, in the form of the complications
that can develop," she said.