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Local MP Supports Diabetes Testing at Launch of the Silver Star Challenge

Local MP Supports Diabetes Testing at Launch of the Silver Star Challenge

Toby Perkins MP joined the Opposition Leader Ed Miliband MP, along with other Members of Parliament, at the launch of the Silver Star Diabetes Challenge at the House of Commons. At the special MPs testing event, held on Wednesday 19th October, Toby took the quick and simple Type 2 diabetes test to help raise awareness of the need for public testing for the disease.

The NHS spends £1 million per hour on diabetes related illnesses and it is estimated that more than one million people in the UK are unaware that they have the condition. Mr. Perkins said ‘The diabetes test was so easy. It only takes two minutes and can save lives. I hope my constituents will also take the test and I am looking forward to finding out the results of the pedometer challenge in February’.

Special Guest Hari Dhillon, Dr. Michael Spence on BBC’s Holby City, joined in the effort to highlight the problem of diabetes worldwide, ‘The evening was a triumph and I was delighted to contribute to such a worthwhile cause’. 

Silver Star launched in January 2007 is a registered charity campaigning to raise 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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