Knowsley goes blue on World Diabetes Day

Published on: Wednesday, 11-November-2015

Knowsley Council, alongside partners including Knowsley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), is supporting World Diabetes Day on Saturday, 14 November 2015 – the largest diabetes awareness campaign reaching a global audience of over one billion people in more than 160 countries.

Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes a person’s blood sugar level to become too high.  If not controlled this can lead to complications such as heart disease, strokes, kidney disease, eye problems, nerve problems and amputations. There are 3.9 million people living with diabetes in the UK.

Each year on 14 November, communities come together to ‘go blue’ to show their support to diabetes and share messages about diabetes.  Support includes wearing blue and lighting up landmarks in blue.  This year, Knowsley Council will show its support by lighting up in blue the new impressive Grey stone bridge across the M62 (between 4 and 5) and Knowsley Leisure & Culture Park.

There are two main types of diabetes – Type 1 diabetes and Type 2 diabetes.  Type 1 is where the pancreas doesn’t produce any insulin and Type 2 is where the body’s cells don’t react to insulin.  Type 2 is far more common and around 90% of all adults with diabetes have Type 2.

Healthy eating, maintaining a healthy weight and being physically active can prevent people at risk developing Type 2 diabetes. Detecting the disease early is also important in order to receive treatment and work to reduce the risk of complications. It is important to get checked out if you have any of the symptoms of diabetes – it is a condition that will only worsen so early detection is important.  Symptoms include feeling thirsty, passing urine more often than usual and feeling tired all of the time.

Cllr Eddie Connor, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing said “I’m delighted to be taking part in World Diabetes Day by ensuring we help to raise awareness of this important issue, support our residents with diabetes, ensure people know the symptoms and show our support by lighting up in blue two of our prominent structures in the borough.  I would encourage our residents too to support the day too and ensure if they have the symptoms outlined to visit their GP and get tested for diabetes.”

Dr Mike Merriman, Knowsley CCG’s Clinical Lead for Diabetes, added “Raising awareness of diabetes is a key priority for us here in Knowsley – it is something that can be easily prevented by following a healthy diet, not being overweight and keeping active. These simple steps really can make a huge difference and reduce your chances of developing diabetes. Remember to visit your GP if you have any of the symptoms – the sooner you are tested, the sooner it can be managed.”

Further information about Diabetes can be found on the NHS Choices website – www.nhs.uk and further information about World Diabetes Day can be found on the International Diabetes Federation website at www.idf.org/wdd-index/