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London sees major rise in Type 2 diabetes

The capital has seen an estimated 75 per cent increase in Type 2 diabetes over the last decade, a report has concluded.

The number of cases in London is growing quicker than elsewhere in the country, according to the findings.

The London Assembly Health Committee’s report, ‘Blood Sugar Rush – Diabetes Time Bomb in London’, shows that people of Afro-Caribbean descent are three times more likely to develop the condition than white people, with South Asians six times more likely than white people.

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Novo Nordisk launch campaign to fight diabetes in urban areas

Pharmaceutical giant Novo Nordisk has announced the launch of 'Cities Changing Diabetes', an ambitious new partnership programme to fight the urban diabetes challenge.

The 'Cities Changing Diabetes' programme will first be launched in Mexico City with other cities in North America, Europe and Asia soon to follow.

Lars Rebien Sørensen, chief executive officer of Novo Nordisk said: "The global diabetes epidemic is an emergency in slow motion. While there are many factors fuelling the growth trajectory of diabetes, the most striking contributor is urbanisation and the growth of cities.

"The 'Cities Changing Diabetes' programme is our call to arms for people around the world to work together to tackle this for the long-term."

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#BloodSugarSelfie campaign hits 1,000 posts

The #BloodSugarSelfie campaign has reached the 1,000 mark, as more and more children are backing the initiative.

Launched by diabetes.co.uk, the campaign is raising cash for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and has so far reached 1.2 million people, with 45,000 likes, 4,500 comments and 3,000 shares.

A spokesman for Diabetes.co.uk said: “More than three million people in UK suffer from diabetes; 29,000 of these are children with Type 1. A child diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes aged 5 faces having 19,000 injections by the time they are 18 years old."

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Our editor in charity run for diabetes

The editor of The Diabetes Times will be running 14 miles to raise funds for the InDependent Diabetes Trust (IDDT).

The charity is commemorating its 20-year anniversary by launching its £20 Challenge in a bid to generate much-needed funds by calling on every supporter to raise an ‘attainable’ amount.

Oliver Jelley, who launched The Diabetes Times in March, is taking on the challenge of running from Market Harborough, in Leicestershire, to Northampton on Saturday, June 7.

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