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Topic Title: More young diabetics in Wales need sight-saving action
Created On: 02/09/2010 01:49 PM
 
 02/09/2010 01:49 PM

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FatCatAnna

[p][font face="verdana,geneva" size="2"]This is scary, considering that diabetes management has advanced so much over the years, compared to what some of us "old timers" had with management (urine testing, once a day shots).[/font][/p][p][font face="verdana,geneva" size="2"]This article flashed across my screen, and luckily, touch wood, I'm able to see it without any problems with my sight (yet - always waiting for that ball to drop - despite seeing opthomologist every 6 months). To think that what is normally seen in over 50 year old diabetics, is now in teen's and 20 year olds (in the article in the link below - it quotes "steady stream")! Along with this, the amount of people being diagnosed with diabetes in Wales has nearly doubled in the past 8 years (and I have an aunt who is diabetic- about to go on insulin I believe soon). Scream!!![/font][/p] [p][font face="verdana,geneva" size="2"]Just a small quote from consultant opthalmologist Roger McPherson, who carries out surgery at Cardiff's University Hospital of Wales may get your mind whirling away like it did for myself. [/font] [/p][p][font face="verdana,geneva" size="2"]"We have just over 1,400 patients aged under 12 with diabetes." [/font][/p][p][font face="verdana,geneva" size="2"]While the vast majority of those have type one diabetes, there has also been a rise in children developing type two diabetes, more commonly seen in adults. [/font][/p][p][font face="verdana,geneva" size="2"]"Just over 200 of those children are type two, its very worrying" said Ms Keigwin-Harris.[/font][/p][p][font face="verdana,geneva" size="2"]Do you worry about your eyesight with having diabetes? I know I do, along with the other list of goodies that can affect those of us with long term diabetes. [/font][/p][p][font face="verdana,geneva" size="2"]To read more (and also view a video of a young 15 year old girl as she describes her condition) - go to this link - [url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/wales/8504366.stm]http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/wales/8504366.stm[/url][/font][/p]

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