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Taking the diabetes test

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Recently Meg Munn MP took a quick and painless test to help raise awareness of how easy it is to determine if you have diabetes.

Every four minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with diabetes, and the NHS spends 1 million an hour treating it and its related complications. Currently 3 million people in the UK live with the condition, and an estimated 1 million people may have diabetes without knowing it.

The test was organised by Silver Star, a Leicester-based charity which seeks to raise awareness of diabetes through advocacy and delivering free diabetes testing and lifestyle advice. The charity has four Mobile Diabetes Units (MDU) based in Leicester, London, Goa and Mumbai. The units travel out into the community, to places of work, worship, community events, and the High Street and retail parks testing the public for free.

Meg said:

People in Sheffield suffer with from diabetes, many are unaware they have it. It is important that organisations like Silver Star Diabetes take action to raise awareness of the condition. People need to have a healthy lifestyle, and testing people for diabetes plays a vital step towards achieving that."

 Dr Modhwadia, Chairman of the Trustees, said:

Silver Star Diabetes has tested over 37,000 people for diabetes and continues to reach out to communities to raise awareness for the condition. Being tested is important to ensure that the condition is spotted early and people can get the right treatment as soon as possible.”

For details of Silver Star Diabetes visit:  http://www.silverstaruk.org/index.html

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