Rebecca Evans, Assembly Member for Gower, attended an event at the National Assembly entitled ‘the truth about diabetes.' The event was organised by Diabetes UK to mark National Diabetes Week (12-18th June) and to set the record straight on what it means to live with diabetes.
At the Senedd event, people with diabetes had the chance to talk to Rebecca and address some of the myths and misconceptions about diabetes that surround this complex and often misunderstood condition in order to drive up awareness.
Mrs Evans said: "Diabetes is on the increase in Wales. The event in the Assembly gave AMs the opportunity to hear what it is really like living with diabetes, and to hear about what kind of services and support are really making a difference, as well as hearing about where the gaps are."
Diabetes UK Cymru's Director Dai Williams added: "The Diabetes Week event at the Senedd is a brilliant way for people across Wales to talk about their experiences of the condition with their local AMs. We want to thank the supporters who joined us, Rebecca Evans AM and other AMs from across the country.
"Diabetes Week provides an opportunity for people affected by the condition to share their concerns and tackle some of the myths about diabetes with their representatives. It is also a fantastic opportunity to highlight that with the right healthcare, support and management, diabetes doesn't have to hold anyone back."
Diabetes UK Cymru is highlighting the scale of diabetes in Wales, forecasting that by the end of this Diabetes Week 4,500 people in the UK will have been diagnosed with this life-changing condition. The highest prevalence of diabetes in the UK now being in Wales where7.1 per cent of people aged 17 and over are living with the condition.