Hartlepool mum joins calls for diabetes awareness

Lucy Owens, five, her sister Violet, two with their mum, Vikki
Lucy Owens, five, her sister Violet, two with their mum, Vikki

A mum has joined national health experts in calling for more people to be aware of diabetes.

This week is Diabetes Awareness Week and the message - to raise awareness of the condition and how to prevent and manage diabetes - is not lost on Seaton Carew mum Vikki Owens.

Vikki’s daughter Lucy became the youngest in the North East for decades when she was diagnosed at eight months old and then another daughter Violet went through exactly the same thing at four years old.

But both are now healthy young children as they know what to do in case of an emergency.

And Vikki urged more people to be aware of the risk factors saying: “I support the week 100 per cent.

“Violet understands what to do and Lucy knows to nip your hand if she is having problems.”

Around 3.2 million people in the UK have diabetes and cases continue to rise, with many more still undiagnosed.

The national charity Heart Research UK is backing the awareness campaign and a spokesman said: “Of these, 90 per cent of cases are type-2 diabetes, a largely preventable form which is more likely to develop in later life particularly as a result of carrying excess weight and an unhealthy lifestyle.”

They urged people wanting to find out more to visit the website HERE, contact Heart Research UK on 0113 297 6206 or email lifestyle@heartresearch.org.uk.