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16 June 2005

STEVENSON BRINGS TO THE FORE DIABETES WEEK

Banff and Buchan MSP Stewart Stevenson has lent his support to Diabetes Week.

Commenting on the event, Mr Stevenson said:

“Diabetes Week is the annual campaign by Diabetes UK to increase the public's knowledge of diabetes, its symptoms and effects, and to raise funds for research into a cure and I am certain that it shall prove to be very successful indeed.

“With numerous fundraising events happening across that UK, there are many ways to get involved and help make this year the best ever. People are free to organise their own event or simply participate in an already organised event to ensure that the issue of diabetes is raised.

“Diabetes mellitus is a condition in which there's an excessive amount of glucose (sugar) in the blood to which there are currently around 1.4 million people in the UK diagnosed with the condition. However, it is worrying to learn that it's estimated that a further 1 million have the diabetes without knowing it.

“Treatment for the disease can prove to be very successful and Diabetes can be managed by a combination of healthy diet, regular physical activity and sometimes tablets and insulin injections.

“Diabetes UK supports 200,000 members. The charity aims to help and care for people with diabetes and their families, to represent and campaign for their interests, and to fund research into the condition. Diabetes UK also advises the health profession, produces publications and operates a careline. For more information, please call 0845 120 2960 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm) or go to www.diabetes.org.uk.”
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