T0day’s Star columnist: Stephen Ryan

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Diabetes is one of the biggest health threats facing the UK.

A staggering 3.8 million people are living with diabetes, and the increasing number of people being diagnosed with the condition is posing a real threat to the sustainability of our health service both locally and nationally.

Although there are some excellent examples of good diabetes care both here in Sheffield and across the country, there are still too many people with diabetes who are not getting the care or support they need to manage their condition well.

Poor care is fuelling soaring rates of life-threatening diabetes-related complications such as blindness, amputations and strokes.

These complications are not only personally devastating for those involved but are also extremely costly to the health service.

Diabetes accounts for 10 per cent of the entire NHS budget, costing £10 billion a year, and 80 per cent of this is spent on managing potentially avoidable complications.

With the General Election campaign underway, we want to let our political leaders know that diabetes is a problem we simply can’t afford to ignore.

This is why we are appealing to people in Sheffield to add their voice to our campaign calling on politicians to put diabetes on the political agenda, both in run up to the election and throughout the next Parliament.

We are asking people to help raise awareness of the seriousness of diabetes with any of their local candidates they come into contact with.

By putting diabetes on the national agenda, we can ensure that lives are saved and costs to the NHS greatly reduced.

To find out how you can get involved and to download Diabetes UK’s General Election 2015 Campaign Pack go to: