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The first Diabetes Champions in Brent revealed

PUBLISHED: 08:00 22 February 2015

Diabetes Champion Manjula DaleCllr Krupesh Hirani and Anne Airebamen, Brent Council Healthy Lifestyles Office,  pictured in the front row with the 11 champions who collected their certificates (Pic credit: Brent Council)

Diabetes Champion Manjula DaleCllr Krupesh Hirani and Anne Airebamen, Brent Council Healthy Lifestyles Office, pictured in the front row with the 11 champions who collected their certificates (Pic credit: Brent Council)

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A programme to help raise awareness of diabetes in Brent has completed training its first recruits and produced 11 'champions'.

What is Diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes develops when the insulin-producing cells in the body are unable to produce enough insulin, or when the insulin that is produced does not work properly (known as insulin resistance).

It usually appears in people over the age of 40, though in South Asian people, who are at greater risk, it often appears from the age of 25.

Type 2 diabetes accounts for between 85 and 95 per cent of all people with diabetes and is treated with a healthy diet and increased physical activity. In addition to this, medication and/or insulin are often require.

Type 1 diabetes accounts for about 10 per cent of all adults with diabetes and is treated by daily insulin injections, a healthy diet and regular physical activity.

It can develop at any age but usually appears before the age of 40, and especially in childhood. It is the most common type of diabetes found in childhood.

(Source: Diabetes UK)

Brent has the highest number of diabetic residents in London with more than 23,000 people in the borough living with the condition.

The champions are all residents who volunteered in the scheme run by Diabetes UK in partnership with Brent Council.

It is hoped that the champions will be able to help raise awareness of the condition and to help prevent people developing Type 2 diabetes in Brent.

Type m 2 diabetes is linked to being overweight and having a bad diet.

Diabetes Champion Manjula Daley (Pic credit: Brent Council)
Diabetes Champion Manjula Daley (Pic credit: Brent Council)

Manjula Daley, from Wembley, who is one of the champions, said: “I have Type 2 diabetes myself which means I have to take medication and watch what I eat, monitoring my carbohydrates and sugars, but I don’t need to take insulin injections.

“Being a Diabetes Champion means that I can help make other people more aware of what diabetes is, what contributes to it, so that they look after themselves better and make healthier life choices.”

The champions collected their special certificates for completing the programme from Cllr Krupesh Hirani, Brent Council’s cabinet member for adults, health and wellbeing, at Brent Civic Centre.

Cllr Hirani said: “This programme is part of our work to create a much healthier borough and although some risk factors such as age, family history and ethnic origin can’t be changed, other risk factors involving a persons’ diet, their levels of exercise and lifestyle can be changed for the better.

“With our Diabetes Champions now trained and ready to go, I’m sure they will do a fantastic job in helping to make Brent a much healthier borough.”

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