Diet and lack of exercise can severely exacerbate thecondition. The report published at the launch of the campaign comparespopular misconceptions with the facts. Around half of people newly diagnosedwith Type 2 diabetes already have early signs of complications. It adds,”All types of diabetes are serious progressive conditions with potentiallydevastating complications.” Less than half of the general public realise that death canresult from the condition and only one quarter know that diabetes can lead toheart disease. The condition causes a two to three-fold increased risk ofcoronary heart disease in men and a four to five fold increased risk inpre-menopausal women. Campaign to focus on diabetes identificationOn 1 Jul 2000 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Later stage symptoms include blindness, heart disease,stroke and kidney damage. Early identification and treatment of diabetes would preventits progression into life-threatening diseases Campaigners have urged health professionals to focus onearly identification and ensure that people receive the most effectivetreatment. “Make diabetes a priority area for strategic review andinclusion in health improvement programmes,” it added. Comments are closed. Up to 1 million people could have diabetes without realisingit, a national campaign has warned. The Missing Million initiative, launched last month byDiabetes UK, said that warning signs include excessive weight, being aged over40 and being from a family with history of the condition. Those from ethnicminorities are more likely to be affected. “This report reveals just how urgent the situationis,” said TV cook Michael Barry, who was diagnosed late with the disease,but avoided serious complication. Related posts:No related photos.