Increase in awareness of diabetes in North West

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Increase in awareness of diabetes in North West Increase in awareness of diabetes in North West

The proportion of parents in the North West who know the four main symptoms of Type 1 diabetes has increased by more than 50 per cent over the last year, according to a new survey commissioned by Diabetes UK.

The survey of 925 parents, carried out by Ipsos Mori, found that awareness of all four symptoms is now 14 per cent, compared to nine per cent a year ago.

This follows Diabetes UK’s campaign to raise awareness of the 4 Ts of Type 1 diabetes symptoms, toilet, tired, thirsty and thinner.

The campaign was launched last November to try to reduce the high proportion of children with Type 1 diabetes who become seriously ill because they are not diagnosed quickly enough.

It is thought that this happens in about a quarter of cases and this is often because parents do not associate their child’s symptoms with Type 1 diabetes.

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