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Event marks World Diabetes Day

Published on 13 November 2017

VISTORS to the city centre will be able to find out more about diabetes tomorrow at an event being held to mark World Diabetes Day (14 Nov).

Local diabetes charity Silver Star will be offering diabetes testing, plus information and advice on the condition, from a mobile unit on Humberstone Gate, outside Primark, between 10am and 5pm.

From 4.30pm, City Hall and Town Hall’s clock tower will both be lit up in blue to mark the day – the colour associated with the international symbol for diabetes.

Diabetes is one of the most common of all chronic medical conditions. It can reduce people’s life expectancy by an average of five years, and is the most common cause of amputations and blindness.

In Leicester, diabetes is a growing problem, with 26,000 adults diagnosed with the condition and many more likely to have it without realising. Around 1,000 new cases are identified in the city each year.

Deputy city mayor Cllr Adam Clarke, who leads on public health, said: “It’s particularly important that we do all we can to tackle diabetes in Leicester, because we know that we have higher rates of diabetes here compared to the rest of the country.

“In Leicester, 8.9% of adults have diabetes, compared to 6.4% nationally, and rates are projected to rise dramatically in the next few years.

“It’s crucial that people are aware of the serious health effects this condition can bring and know what signs to look out for, so that they can be treated quickly if they develop diabetes.”

Anyone is welcome visit the mobile unit tomorrow for a diabetes and body mass index (BMI) test.

For more information, visit www.leicester.gov.uk/diabetes

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