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The New Paper
Still, Mrs Julie Seow, senior manager for Touch Diabetes Support, feels there is more awareness about diabetes today compared with 30 years ago when she was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.
The support group, which began in 1989 and has about 1,500 members today, is one of the two main local non-governmental organisations tackling diabetes - the other being the Diabetic Society of Singapore.
Mrs Seow hopes to see more being done to increase awareness of diabetes and support for those with the disease.
For example, she said, there is still not enough education to help the public distinguish between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.
There is also a lack of recognition that diabetes has to be treated holistically, she added. She said the psycho-social and emotional impact of diabetes should receive more attention.
Said Mrs Seow: "There are studies to show that people who have a strong network of support do much better in managing their condition."
The 2010 NHS also showed that 32 per cent of known diabetics have poor blood sugar control, an increase from 2004 when it was 30.4 per cent.