Lilian Greenwood MP

Labour Member of Parliament for Nottingham South

NOTTINGHAM SOUTH MP SUPPORTS DIABETES TESTING LAUNCH

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Lilian Greenwood MP for Nottingham South joined with the Leader of the Opposition, Ed Miliband MP, at the launch of the Silver Star Health Challenge on diabetes at the House of Commons on 27 October 2010.


At the special MPs testing event Lilian Greenwood MP took the quick and simple Type 2 diabetes test to help raise awareness of the need for public testing for the condition.


The City MP was also issued with a Silver Star Pedometer to measure the amount of steps taken during a Parliamentary Week as part of the 50 day challenge - as the key to preventing diabetes is physical activity and a healthy diet.


Lilian Greenwood said:


‘The diabetes test was so easy. It’s just a small pinprick, it only takes 2 minutes, it doesn’t hurt   and it can save lives.”


“Statistics show that the NHS spends £1 million an hour on diabetes related illnesses and it is estimated that more than one million people in the UK may have diabetes without knowing it –so I would encourage people in Nottingham South to take this simple test too.”

 

Silver Star launched in January 2007 is a registered charity campaigning to provide diabetes awareness. The Charity runs Mobile Diabetes Units (MDU) that carry out important diabetes testing. They seek to promote culturally sensitive healthcare, with particular regard to the high prevalence of diabetes in the major towns and cities of Britain. The Units travel to local community centres, schools, work places and other organisations.


The Chairman of the Trustees for Silver Star, Dr Modhwadia said:


‘The diabetes test is so quick and simple. I am delighted that so many MPs decided to take the test and be part of the Challenge. It will help raise awareness of this largely unseen health condition”

 

 

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