A survey by Walnut Unlimited asked 1,000 UK people, what can the effects of having diabetes be?
None of them were aware of the pregnancy related consequences of diabetes.
2% knew about stroke, 4% about kidney damage, and 6% about heart disease. Similarly low numbers knew that diabetes is related to a shorter life span. A quarter of those surveyed however did know that amputation and sight loss were complications of diabetes.
Diabetes affects more individuals in the UK than any other serious health condition such as dementia or cancer. 3.7 million people in the UK have diabetes. There are 8,700 diabetes related amputations and 1,600 cases of visual impairment every year.
Diabetic complications can be minimised or avoided by early diagnosis, education and support.