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Action is needed to fight diabetes

PHOTO. KEVIN McGUINNESS.
Health Mela at Preston Guild Hall

PHOTO. KEVIN McGUINNESS. Health Mela at Preston Guild Hall

A health event which offers free checkups for people has been recognised as an example of best practice in new report.

The Preston Health Mela, which takes place annually, attracting hundreds of people, has been recognised in a national report called ‘Diabetes in BME Communities.’

The report is calling on the government to do more to tackle type two diabetes in black and minority ethnic (BME) communities.

It highlights that cases of type two diabetes in people from BME backgrounds have risen sharply since 2009/10 and it explains what the mela is and how it raises awareness.

The latest national figures show that annually, there are more than 37,000 new cases of type two diabetes in BME groups – a rise of 21 per cent between 2009/10 and 2011/12, with a 26 per cent increase amongst those from black backgrounds and 23 per cent increase in people from Asian or Asian British backgrounds.

Here Lancashire Care runs a scheme called DESMOND (Diabetes Education and Self-Management for On-going and Newly Diagnosed).

Christine Elwell, diabetes education coordinator at Lancashire Care said: “The sessions are a great way to meet new people who are experiencing similar situations in relation to type two diabetes.

“We also work closely with BME communities as type two diabetes is far more prevalent in the South Asian population so it is important they have access to suitable education to help deal with the condition and they know there is support available to them.”

 

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