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Urgent action needed to curb diabetes rates

8 May, 2009 - by Michelle O'Neill


Sinn Féin MLA Michelle O’Neill has called on the Health Minister to urgently devise a strategy to deal with the extremely high incidences of diabetes. This follows the revelation that over 10 people are diagnosed with a day.


Speaking today Ms O Neill said:


“There are currently no targets for reducing the incidence of diabetes. Given the figures and the increasing trend of diabetes it is very clear that the Department of Health must bring forward strategyto address this issue.


“The figures indicate that over 55,000 people in North have been diagnosed with diabetes and it is estimated that another 20,000 have the condition but don't know it. With 10 people being diagnosed on a daily basis we need to see urgent action.


“While medically we can treat diabetes, this does come at a rising cost given the rising prevalence of the disease in our society . Prevention is obviously better than cure and we must make more health organisations and schools aware and support their efforts to reduce the likes of obesity and tackling poor diets. In all a comprehensive strategy, and far reaching approach must be brought forward by the Health Minister, MichaelMcGimpsey.”

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