Cynon AM joins campaign for greater awareness of Type 1 diabetes.

Cynon Valley AM Vikki Howells has joined the campaign for greater awareness of Type 1 Diabetes due to the dangers posed including DKA which can be fatal. Greater awareness could save lives in the Cynon Valley.

Particularly, the Cynon Valley AM is raising awareness for Type 1 diabetes symptoms known as the 4 ‘T’s’ – toilet, thirsty, tired, and thinner and urging people to see their doctor if they spot any of these.

Type 1 diabetes affects 1400 children and young people and around 18, 600 adults. The cause of it is unknown and it is not preventable.

Diabetes currently accounts for approximately 10% of the total NHS budget, but this is projected to rise to around 17% by 2035/36.

Vikki Howells AM said:-

“Type 1 diabetes is a very dangerous condition especially so when it is undiagnosed. I am trying to raise awareness of the symptoms of Type 1 diabetes.

“It is very easy to get a quick diagnosis with a finger prick test at the doctors and having a quick and early diagnosis will enable children to access lifesaving treatment.

“I urge anyone who sees the symptoms of Type 1 diabetes to go to their local doctors as soon as possible as time is extremely valuable in these cases. I also urge people to speak out more if they see the symptoms and to tell friends or colleagues to also look out for these symptoms.

“Overall, I am pleased with the efforts being taken to raise awareness of Type 1 diabetes in Wales. I have seen for myself the efforts being made and the impact it has on people as I have been working closely with a Cynon Valley diabetes peer support group.”