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Complainant Name:
Ms Helen Shann

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Closer

Complaint:

Ms Helen Shann of Berkhamsted complained that the magazine had published an article, both in print and online, that included inaccurate information regarding the diagnosis and treatment of diabetes.

Resolution:

The magazine did not consider that there had been a breach of the Code and as a gesture to the complaint published a letter from her (which was approved by a representative from Diabetes UK) in the following terms:

My teenage niece has type 1 diabetes, and often these days reports link increasing cases of diabetes to obesity. I want people to realise that not everyone with diabetes is overweight. Itís true that type 2 diabetes can sometimes be prevented through lifestyle changes, but type 1 is thought to develop due to a virus or infection. It canít be prevented and is treated with insulin injections. Itís troubling when people assume someone with type 1 is either obese or on drugs when they are seen administering insulin - this can be upsetting for people who have the condition through sheer bad luck. Visit www.diabetes.org.uk for more info.

Report: 79



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