PEOPLE in Burton and South Derbyshire with diabetes are being urged to sign a petition to make sure people understand the ‘vital’ differences between the different types of the condition.
Bernard Peters, who, as well as representing Brizlincote on East Staffordshire Borough Council, suffers from Type 1 diabetes, is asking people to sign an online petition causing for bodies such as the NHS to do more to explain the differences between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.
He told the Mail: “The petition addresses an issue I am frustrated about.
“People will know how focused I am on the care and support of diabetics.
“This is why I am urging anyone who suffers from diabetes to head online to support this petition and to make sure that people are aware of the vital differences in both types.”
The petition is calling on the Government to ensure that all departments, non-departmental public bodies and other agencies and organisations make sure that when making reference to the condition ‘diabetes’ in policy, public announcements and during medical consultations consideration is given to confusion that may be caused by not referencing which variant of diabetes is being discussed.
Councillor Peters added: “An example of this is that obesity and diabetes must reference Type 2 diabetes rather than just diabetes as it really does make a difference.
“People could read this and think that a mountain is being made out of a molehill but the differences between both types is important to distinguish and means a lot when it comes to the type of medicines, medical care and treatment that is handed out to patients.”
Anyone who would like to support the petition is urged to head online to http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/44771
More 3.7 million people in the UK have diabetes and there are a further seven million people at high risk of developing type two diabetes.
A Burton-based voluntary support group holds regular meetings at various venues to discuss their illness.
People who want to find out more about the condition or want support should call Ann Tunley on 07753 672627 for more information.