Diabetes charity warns over new firm offering advice

Diabetes charity warns over new firm offering advice
From BBC - November 3, 2017

A national diabetes charity has issued a warning about a new business offering "potentially catastrophic advice".

An 82-year-old woman's family said she became ill following dietary information from Diabetes.Cymru.

The charity Diabetes UK Cymru said people were also confusing it with the company.

Eryl Vaughan, the director of Diabetes.Cymru, said it has changed the advice on its website and that many organisations have similar names.

Diabetes UK Cymru, which was established in 1934, said it had been 'inundated' with calls from people mistaking their charity with Diabetes.Cymru.

Diet advice

BBC Wales spoke to the relative of an 82-year-old woman who said she was given advice to cut out carbohydrates from her diet at a Diabetes.Cymru stand at this year's National Eisteddfod festival on Anglesey.

The concerned family member, who did not want to be named, said that within a week of taking the advice, the elderly woman was suffering severe stomach cramps.

"We had to call the district nurse to her house due to the pain that she was in," said the relative.

The woman was worried the illness was life threatening, and told her family that she "felt it was the end for her".

The woman, who had been diagnosed with diabetes only a few weeks before being given the advice, has since met with a diabetes nurse and said she has not had any further problems.

Mr Vaughan told BBC Wales that Diabetes.Cymru had not advised anyone to cut carbohydrates from their diets entirely, rather "advised people to limit carbohydrates".



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