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Diabetes Awareness Day in Romford

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In the UK, one in 16 people suffer from diabetes (diagnosed or undiagnosed) and about four million people currently live with the disease (Diabetes UK, 2016). The total cost associated with diabetes in the UK currently stands at £23.7 billion. 

An increasing body of evidence implicates ethnicity in the development of type 2 diabetes with Asians and West Africans among the most at risk groups. Available data from Newham (71.1% BAME) and the borough of Barking and Dagenham (49.3% BAME) corroborate this assertion. 

However, the knowledge of risk factors, prevention and management of the disease among BAME communities is generally lacking and diabetes knowledge within this group poorly understood. 

This civic engagement project promotes awareness of diabetes, assesses the prevalence of the disease and investigates determinants of diabetes knowledge among people in the two London boroughs with high BAME population (Newham and Barking, Dagenham) and in one London borough with low BAME population (Havering) as a control.  

More importantly, the campaign hopes to encourage people who are at the risk of developing the disease to take appropriate actions to secure their health and wellbeing.

A number of awareness events are planned throughout the year, two in Newham, two in Romford, and two in Barking and Dagenham, throughout the months of March, April and May culminating in a week of events in National Diabetes Week in June (7th – 15th).

UEL students will be in attendance at all the planned events, engaging with members of the public, assessing BMIs, taking blood pressure and measuring blood sugar levels.

The next event takes place on Saturday April 29th, at 50 High Street, Town Centre Romford RM1 1JJ from 10am – 4pm.  All are welcome.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

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