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Leicester gears up for World Diabetes Day

Cyclists from a professional team will be visiting a Leicester estate to promote the benefits of physical activity ahead of World Diabetes Day.

Representatives from Team Novo Nordisk (TNN) will be visiting St Matthews Sports Centre and Library on Tuesday, November 13, one day before the international awareness day.

Their appearance will be part of a health education event taking place at the centre from 10am to 2pm, where British Cycling, Sustrans and Leicester Wheels For All will also be on hand to discuss how to start cycling. People will be able to try the activity out, as well as learn new skills.

The move is part of Leicester Changing Diabetes, a city-wide campaign to raise awareness and tackle the rise of type 2 diabetes.

Dr Deirdre Harrington, who has helped organise TNN’s appearance and is also part of the Leicester Changing Diabetes programme, said:

“Cycling is easy to get into and has numerous health benefits, including improving fitness, increasing muscle strength and flexibility, strengthening bones and preventing and managing many different health conditions.

“In Leicester, through the Leicester Changing Diabetes campaign, we are promoting physical activity as a means of reducing people’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes and helping those with the condition to successfully manage it.”

A series of other events have also been planned by Leicester Changing Diabetes to mark World Diabetes Day.

The team will be screening Barclays staff members for type 2 diabetes and talking to customers about the health condition at the Haymarket branch on November 7 and they will also be returning to Hastings Direct to check employees’ health there also on November 14. Screenings will also be taking place during a family day event at Madani School on November 15.

Leicester Changing Diabetes is a partnership programme with Novo Nordisk and the Leicester Diabetes Centre based at Leicester General Hospital. The global initiative Cities Changing Diabetes was created by Novo Nordisk and was launched in response to the dramatic rise of diabetes within urban areas.  

So far since launching in May this year, 350 people have been screened for type 2 diabetes, while a series of programmes and events have been taking place across the city to highlight and address the serious health epidemic, including raising awareness at Leicester City matches and Walking Cricket sessions.

The Leicester Diabetes Centre – a partnership and collaboration between Leicester’s Hospitals and the University of Leicester – is an international Centre of Excellence in diabetes research, education and innovation and is led by Professor Melanie Davies CBE and Professor Kamlesh Khunti.

Professor Davies CBE, Director of the Leicester Diabetes Centre and Professor of Diabetes Medicine at the University of Leicester, said:

“Type 2 diabetes is a serious condition, which if not managed properly, can have devastating complications. Leicester Changing Diabetes is about promoting awareness and showing people how they can help themselves reduce their chances of developing the condition, which can be devastating, before it’s too late.

“As part of the Leicester Changing Diabetes programme we are continually seeking new ways to introduce healthier lifestyles to people in a bid to drive down type 2 diabetes numbers, as we already know the condition is associated with poor diet and lack of activity.”

Picture Caption: Dr. Deirdre Harrington is a keen cyclist


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