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15 Sep 2016

Campaign raising diabetes awareness in Leicestershire ethnic minority communities

A new drive to raise awareness of Type 2 diabetes in ethnic minority communities in Leicestershire has been launched.

A six-month programme of activities, including dancing sessions and healthy eating workshops, has started in a bid to help prevent people from developing the serious condition which can have devastating complications.

The campaign is being organised by the Centre for Black and Minority Ethnic Health East Midlands, which is working to reduce health inequality in the region by sharing resources and promoting research. The project is being run in partnership with the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine East Midlands, based at Loughborough University.

Dr Natalie Darko is a Community Lead Researcher at the Centre for Black and Minority Ethnic Health East Midlands and is leading the programme called Raising Awareness and prevention of Type 2 DIAbeTEs (RADIATE).

She said: “People from minority ethnic groups are at a disproportionate risk of Type 2 diabetes and experiencing associated complications. There are also often cultural barriers in place preventing people from ethnic communities receiving the care, knowledge and understanding they need to enable them to avoid developing Type 2 diabetes. 

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