Eastleigh’s MP Mike Thornton has met people living with type 1 diabetes to discuss the impact of this serious and complex condition, as part of an event to raise awareness of the 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 Eastleigh – and incidence is growing rapidly, particularly in those under five years old.
Mike Thornton 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 Eastleigh 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.”