MP’S INDULGE IN MITHAI AND TAKE DIABETES TEST
IN SUPPORT OF SILVER STAR DIABETES CHALLENGE
Senior Parliamentarians attended the Annual Diabetes Charity event, the Silver Star Diabetes Health Challenge as part of Diwali at Westminster at the House of Commons.
The Rt Hon John Spellar MP, Mike Gapes MP, Lucy Allan MP, Mel Stride MP, Pauline Latham MP, Jim Shannon MP, Tulip Siddiq and the Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP, Chairman of the Home Affairs Committee along with other Members of Parliament were issued with a Silver Star Diabetes Pedometer. The pedometer will measure the amount of steps taken on a chosen day from the day of the event until World Diabetes Day on 14th November 2015 to see who can take the most steps.
The MP’s also took the quick and easy diabetes test to help raise awareness of the need for public testing of the condition. Special guest Chizzy Akudolu who plays Dr. Mo Effanga in BBC’s Holby City, joined in the efforts to highlight the problem of diabetes, and handed the MP’s with a pedometer.
Silver Star Diabetes is a national charity which seeks to raise awareness of diabetes through advocacy and delivering free diabetes testing and lifestyle advice to the general public. The Charity runs Mobile Diabetes Units (MDU’s).
The MDUs travel out into the community, to places of work, worship, community events, High Street and retail parks testing the public for free for diabetes and offering lifestyle advice. During these visits its staff has discovered thousands of people who have a propensity for diabetes who did not know about it.
Every four minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with diabetes and consequently, the NHS spends £1 million an hour on diabetes and its related complications. Currently 3.2 million people in the UK people live with the condition, and an estimated 1 million people may have diabetes without knowing it.
The event was supported by AstraZeneca and Abbott Laboratories Pharmaceutical companies.
Dr Modhwadia, Chairman of the Trustees for Silver Star Diabetes said:
“I am delighted that so many MPs have decided to take the test and have taken the pedometer challenge to raise awareness of this largely unseen health condition. Silver Star Diabetes has tested over 49,132 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.”
Chizzy Akudolu who plays Dr. Mo Effanga in BBC’s Holby City said:
“The event was a great success. It’s wonderful to see that the work of Silver Star Diabetes is continuing to raise awareness for diabetes. I am always delighted to contribute to this very worthwhile cause.”