Andrew Gwynne MP met people living with type 1 diabetes at a major Houses of Parliament event on 11 March, to discuss the impact of this serious and complex condition.
Sixty adults and children that live with the condition were chosen to attend Type 1 Parliament by JDRF – the global type 1 diabetes charity. They were selected from across the country to represent their constituencies. The event was sponsored by Lilly.
The exact cause of type 1 diabetes is unclear, but it is not linked to lifestyle or diet. A child diagnosed with it at the age of five faces up to 19,000 insulin injections and 50,000 finger prick tests by the time they are 18. The condition affects 400,000 people in the UK – equivalent to more than 600 people in each constituency such as (insert constituency name here) – and incidence is growing rapidly, particularly in those under five years old.
Andrew Gwynne MP said:
“Type 1 Parliament has highlighted the true impact of type 1 diabetes upon those that live with it, their families, and the country as a whole. On behalf of all those in Denton and Reddish living with the condition, I will be contacting the Science Minister David Willetts to ask him how research into it can be better supported.”
Karen Addington, Chief Executive of JDRF, said:
“Thank you to everyone who attended the event and made it such a resounding success. The incidence of type 1 diabetes is going up and so is the cost – but UK Government spending on type 1 diabetes research is falling. Thankfully, more people are now uniting on this issue and we can be hopeful of achieving significant change.”
For more information about type 1 diabetes and JDRF, please contact Michael Connellan, Senior Media Manager at JDRF – firstname.lastname@example.org
JDRF exists to find the cure for type 1 diabetes and its complications, and is the world’s leading type 1 diabetes research charity. At a global level, JDRF volunteers and staff have been responsible for raising over £1 billion to support type 1 diabetes research, since the charity’s inception. www.jdrf.org.uk