Charity Organization Helps Fight Ignorance About Diabetes

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The country of Wales is small in comparison to other industrialized countries, the United States for instance. Wales is known for Catherine Zeta-Jones and unless you’re from that part of the world, not much else. However, it appears the Welsh suffer the same ignorance about chronic disorders that the “technologically advanced” Americans do.

The rate of those who are unaware they have diabetes is quite alarming. The BBC online reports as many as 140,000 people in the country of approximately 300,000,000 citizens are diabetic. An estimated 50,00 people do not know they have the disease. For such a small country, the number of people being hospitalized due to complications from diabetes is staggering. Nearly fifty people a week are hospitalized with diabetes-related heart attacks, with another seventeen being the victims of strokes. The amputation rate due to diabetes related-health issues is about five people a week.

As a nation with government-funded healthcare, such as that the Obama administration is trying to enact for the United States, the Welsh have access to only that governmental clinic or hospital to which they have been assigned. It is not surprising, then, that people living in rural or poor areas of Wales have less access to quality medical care. They are twice as prone to have diabetes as people with better access to quality, timely medical treatment. Whether this is due to proximity of healthcare facilities or ability to afford care has not been confirmed.

A charitable organization called Diabetes UK Cymru is providing a bus tour throughout the country offering free diabetes screenings. The group hopes its efforts will raise awareness of diabetes. There are seven hundred pharmacies throughout Wales that are also backing the initiative by offering their own free diabetes screening services to the public. According to the article, Dai Williams, National Director at the Diabetes UK Cymru, asserts diabetics can live up to ten years with the disease without ever being aware they have it. Ten years is a long time to allow a chronic disorder to go untreated, however, and a myriad of complications are likely to be present when the condition is finally diagnosed. It is much less expensive to provide preventative treatment to patients rather than have to pay for extended hospital stays and surgeries and all the other accoutrements of a serious illness caused by complications from diabetes. It is, then, in the best interest of the government, who provides healthcare for the Welsh people, to encourage the public to have regular health screenings in order to maintain good health.

It is interesting to note the need for extraneous solutions for lack of quality care in a country with a government-run healthcare system. There are still people who lack proper care, and there is still a requirement for additional resources to fit the needs of a nation so much smaller than that of the United States, currently in the midst of a hot national debate on whether or not to institute their own form of government-sponsored healthcare.

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Trina L. Grant will talk all day about healthcare and other stuff, especially freelance writing and politics. Check out her website for samples of her writing, or her blog, Destination Freelance for her take on everything freelancing.

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