THOUSANDS of Yorkshire folk face an unwell future with diabetes - but they don’t know it, says a study.
Diabetes UK, who this week launch Measure Up – a campaign to help find undiagnosed sufferers – says 55,000 Tykes have type two diabetes.
But early diagnoses and treatment can reduce symptoms of this condition including heart disease, blindness and kidney failure.
Now, the charity is encouraging people with at least two risk factors to visit their doctor for a test.
Factors include being of Black or South Asian origin, being overweight, a family history of the condition and being over 40.
Linda Wood, regional manager of Diabetes UK Yorkshire, said: “It is shocking 55,000 people are going about their daily lives unaware they have a condition that puts them at greater risk of devastating complications.
“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 their lives.”
For information visit: www.diabetes.org.uk or call: 01325 488606.