Diabetes and the Olympian – Sir Steve Redgrave CBE admits going blind is his biggest fear

For the 2018 Diabetes Week, (from 11 June) legendary Olympic rower Sir Steve Redgrave CBE is joining forces with Specsavers and RNIB to warn of the risks of blindness linked to diabetic retinopathy.

The campaign follows Sir Steve admitting that losing his sight is one of his biggest worries – as his diabetes means he is 25 times more likely to than those without the condition.

‘Going blind is, unfortunately, a very real threat for me. Until I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, I was totally unaware of its implications on sight and having lived with diabetes for more than 20 years now, I can’t stress enough the importance of regular eye tests.’

Sir Steve had already won four Olympic gold medals in four consecutive games when he was diagnosed in 1997. Three years later, at the age of 38, he collected his fifth gold medal. He said that was only possible by fully understanding his condition and the impact on his body.

He is now dedicated to raising awareness of good eye care in both detecting and managing the condition – especially as Specsavers and RNIB’s research shows one in five adults are unaware that opticians can check for indicators of the condition.

Sir Steve added: ‘An estimated 1 million people in the UK are living with the condition without even realising it – meaning they’re at huge risk of developing serious eye health complications and even sight loss’ 

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