Understanding diabetes’ impact

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Sir,
In a few days Scotland goes to the polls for the council election.
This election will impact the health and wellbeing of our communities as this is the first since the integration of health and social care in April 2016.
Councillors, who are then nominated to integrated joint boards, will be given the power to influence our health and social care system and make vital decisions that will affect us all.
One in four of us is living with or at increased risk of diabetes. The diabetes community is Scotland’s largest constituency, which is why it is vital candidates understand the wide-reaching impact of the condition. People should be supported in managing diabetes well to help avoid complications which may result in hospitalisation, disability and even premature death.
Diabetes Scotland is reaching out to candidates across Scotland to raise awareness and understanding of diabetes. New councillors must understand that diabetes not only affects the individual and their family
but also our NHS Scotland and the wider economy. We must prioritise the care and support of people living with all types of diabetes and look at how to introduce new, more effective ways to prevent the rise of type two diabetes.
We’re calling for people affected by diabetes across Argyll to contact their local candidates and ask them if they will #Stand4Diabetes.
Before May 4, we have to know if our candidates are committed to ensuring that people living with the condition are supported to live health, happy lives.
If you would like to get involved in Diabetes Scotland campaigns, please get in touch via email Gavin.Thomson@diabetes.org.uk or phone 0141 245 6380.
Gavin Thomson,
policy and campaigns
manager,
Diabetes Scotland.

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