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"Diabetes is a chronic disease which is extremely insidious. It is estimated that half of those who suffer from diabetes do not, in fact, realise this, and every year, as many as 3 000 000 people around the world die because of it. Undiagnosed and untreated diabetes is the biggest cause of blindness, renal failure, heart attacks, strokes and amputations. So it must not be ignored or thought of as a condition which affects only a small percentage of people. I fully agree with the rapporteur that it is essential to develop and implement a comprehensive strategy in the European Union for the prevention, early detection and alleviation of the effects of diabetes. It is essential to educate the public, because at the moment, health education in fact concentrates on providing information about communicable diseases. Of course, what is most important is prevention and making it possible for people to have free prophylactic and diagnostic tests, such as blood sugar level, blood pressure, adipose tissue and body weight tests. It will also be essential to provide advice on diabetes on a wide scale. The Member States should implement comprehensive programmes which aim to raise the awareness of the EU’s citizens about the causes of the very high incidence of diabetes, which include improper diet, eating foods which have low nutritional value but are full of ‘empty calories’, lack of exercise, sitting for too long at work, overfeeding children and so on. These phenomena prove to have catastrophic results, and the costs of treating diabetes are very high."@en1

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