Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Every little helps as action taken to fight Diabetes

TESCO customers and staff in South East Essex will be helping to find some of the estimated 4,321 people in the area who have undiagnosed Type 2 diabetes, as part of a major new charity partnership with Diabetes UK that aims to create a healthier future for people affected by diabetes or at risk of developing it.

As part of the partnership, Tesco and Diabetes UK will be urging customers to be risk assessed for Type 2 diabetes.

According to a new analysis carried out by Diabetes UK and Tesco, about 4,321 people in South East Essex are thought to have undiagnosed Type 2 diabetes, a figure equivalent to around 25 per cent of the total number of people in the area living with the condition.

Rebecca Shelley, Group Corporate Affairs director at Tesco, said: “The number of people living with diabetes has risen to an alarmingly high level over the last few years, so we want to use our reach and scale to raise awareness and funds for Diabetes UK.”

“Our fantastic colleagues and customers always want to do their bit to help support our partner charities, and I know that together we can make a really big difference to help people living with the condition, as well as those who are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.”

Sharon Roberts, Regional Manager for Diabetes UK in the Eastern region, said: “We are extremely grateful that Tesco customers and colleagues in South East Essex will be raising thousands of pounds for people affected by or at risk of diabetes.

“The work they will be doing over the months ahead will make a real difference, not only because they’ll be helping to identify some of the people in South East Essex with undiagnosed Type 2 diabetes, but they’ll also be helping to ensure people get the support and care they need to have the best possible chance of a long and healthy life.”

As well as promoting risk assessments, as part of the partnership with Diabetes UK, Tesco colleagues in South East Essex will be raising thousands of pounds that will help fund pioneering research into a vaccine for Type 1 diabetes – the type not linked to lifestyle or weight – that offers real hope for thousands of children and adults across the globe for a future without this type of the condition.

The partnership aims to provide information and advice to almost a million people with Type 2 diabetes and will fund a series of “Living with Diabetes” days around the UK that will help people newly diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes understand how to best manage their condition.

People in South East Essex can find out their risk of Type 2 diabetes by visiting the Tesco pharmacy at their local store or by going to www.diabetes.org.uk/tesco. There is also more information on how the partnership between Tesco and Diabetes UK will create a healthier future for people affected by diabetes or at risk of developing it.

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