Foyle MP supports Diabetes Week

Foyle MP Mark Durkan is lending his support to a campaign aimed at raising awareness of diabetes.

He will attend a number of events at Westminster this week in support of Diabetes Week.

Mr Durkan, a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Diabetes at Westminster, said: “Right now, over 3.7 million people in the UK are living with diabetes, and there are a further 7 million people at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

“There are approximately 4,400 people diagnosed with diabetes in Derry alone who need friends, family, employers and the public to understand how common diabetes is becoming and how serious it can be if people aren’t supported to manage their condition.”

The SDLP MP has also met with local diabetes support groups in Derry to discuss their concerns.

“I have been supporting a number of campaigns by Diabetes UK both locally and in the House of Commons.

“I have also been a strong supporter of the ‘Get Serious About Diabetes’ campaign and have met with the North West Voluntary Group to help raise awareness of the important steps people need to take to lead a healthier lifestyle.

“These have been aimed at making sure both the public and government recognise just how serious diabetes is, and the importance of prioritising action to solve day-to-day problems facing people living with diabetes,” he said.