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Diabetes Expert Calls for Independent Watchdog to Help Stop Growth of Disease

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A doctor is calling for the establishment of a New Zealand diabetes ombudsman to help to arrest the growth of the disease.

Diabetes affects more than 250,000 people nationwide. People with the disease have trouble controlling their blood sugar, which can be life-threatening and lead to kidney failure, strokes, and blindness.

Dr. David Simmons is a professor at Western Sydney University’s School of Medicine but previously worked as a specialist in Counties Manukau.

According to the Ministry of Health, diabetes is the country’s fastest-growing health condition and south Auckland has ...