Ignorance of diabetes is 'a disaster in waiting': 70% of Brits don't know …

Daily Mail Reporter

20:12 EST, 22 September 2013


20:15 EST, 22 September 2013

Widespread ignorance: Most Britons don't know that diabetes can have seriously damaging effects on health (file picture)

Widespread ignorance: Most Britons don’t know that diabetes can have seriously damaging effects on health (file picture)

Widespread ignorance about the damaging effects of diabetes is exposed in a poll out today.

Some 70 per cent of Britons said they did not know that the most serious form of the disease can lead to amputations and blindness.

Only 16 per cent knew that heart attacks are linked to type 2 diabetes and just 7 per cent realised it could trigger strokes, according to the survey.

The lack of awareness comes despite the fact that those with the illness are 36 per cent more likely to die in any given year than those without it of the same age.

Diabetes UK commissioned the survey as part of a £2million campaign funded in partnership with Tesco to raise awareness of the risk factors.

The charity’s chief executive Barbara Young said the aim is to ‘lay to rest the myth’ that type 2 diabetes is a mild condition.

‘This is a misconception that is wrecking lives and is the reason that as a country we are sleepwalking towards a public health disaster of an almost unimaginable scale,’ she said.

Losing weight, eating more fruit and vegetables and becoming more active are thought to cut the risks of diabetes.

But only half of those who took part in the poll knew being overweight was a risk factor.

Only 13 per cent realised that having a family member with diabetes raises the danger and one in 100 mentioned being South Asian or black as a risk factor.

Without urgent action, campaigners fear cases of type 2 diabetes will rise by one million to five million by 2025.

Prince William and Kate Middleton under pressure to have a baby

Just a few short weeks since Prince William and his sweetheart Kate Middleton formally announced their engagement to an adoring public, some media outlets are today that writing that the couple could have their first child as early as this time next year.

The speculation has arisen after comments form sources close to the royals revealed that The Queen and William’s father, Prince Charles have placed large responsibility to deliver them an heir to the throne as soon as possible.

Some sites claim that a royal wedding and baby would lift the nation out of the gloom it currently lives under courtesy of growing unemployment, recession and social unrest over immigration policies.

‘They’re planning to try for a baby as soon as they’ve married,’ a source told British magazine, Now.

‘They’re determined to make the Queen’s dream come true and they know it’s up to them to make the Royal Family cool again.

‘They hope the wedding and a baby will lift the spirit of Britain.’

How a baby and wedding would make the royal family ‘cool’ remains to be seen but it will certainly give the media plenty of points of interest and merchandisers will undoubtedly be preparing royal wedding collectable mugs, plates, t-shirts, toy taxis, coins and the obligatory union jack hat with crass royal wedding photo glued to the front.

Do you think it’s too early in their relationship to discuss babies?  Or should they make their families happy and deliver an heir?  Let us know by leaving a comment.

Read our previous articles on Prince William and Kate Middleton and a prominent Bishop who trivialised their wedding.

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Prominent Bishop trivialises Prince William and Kate Middleton’s marriage

Prince William and Kate Middleton have come under scathing attack from a prominent Bishop who referred to them as ‘shallow celebrities’.  He also went on to predict their marriage will end after just seven years.

Church of England Bishop Peter Broadbent used his Facebook page as a platform for his rants, in which he described the Royal Family as philanderers whose record of marriage break-ups ‘cost an arm and a leg’.

He clearly has issues with William and Kate’s proposed marriage which he denounced as ‘nauseating tosh’ and described the hype surrounding the wedding as a ‘national flimflam’.  His low opinion of the Royals was appropriately summed up when he said that the basis of the Monarchy is ‘corrupt and sexist’.

Peter Broadbent vented his feelings regarding the Charles and Diana marriage back in 1981 by saying, “I managed to avoid the last disaster in slow motion between Big Ears and the Porcelain Doll, and I hope to avoid this one too.”

British newspaper, The Mail on Sunday wrote that the bishop’s comments will most likely upset the Bishop of London, Richard Chatres, immediate superior ro Broadbent and close friend of Prince Charles.

MP’s and church goers alike have chastened Bishop Broadbent, who has been the Bishop of Willesden in North-West London for ten years, condemning his posts as ‘cruel’ and ‘disrespectful’.

Further source add that the whole fiasco could be a huge embarrassment for Bishop Chatres as he could well be in line to carry out the wedding service although traditionally the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Another close friend of Prince Charles, Tory MP Nicholas Soames, last night blasted Broadbent, calling his comments ‘absurd’ and ‘ridiculous’, adding: “They are extremely rude, not what one expects from a bishop.”

A Church of England spokesman said: “He’s a bishop, he’s an individual, he’s got his own views.”

“The bishop had actually written he didn’t think the marriage would last more than seven years because of harassment by the press, but I imagine the full quote was not printed.”

So far no statement on the issue has been forthcoming from Prince William’s camp.

Tell us your thoughts about William and Kate’s marriage to be. Are the Bishop’s words being twisted by the media? Leave a comment.

Read our earlier coverage of William and Kate’s engagement news.

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