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MAY
2017

Leicester temple event flags up diabetes risk

The Leicester Charnwood Lions Club has presented the Centre for Black and Minority Ethnic Health East Midlands with a donation.

Half of the £1,000 went towards funding screening for Type 2 diabetes at a Leicester temple and the rest has gone towards supporting the work carried out by the centre.

In December, almost 50 people from the South Asian community were identified as being at high risk of the condition thanks to the screening session at Shree Jalaram Prarthana Mandal based in Narborough Road, Leicester. They were then referred to their GP.

It is important that we work with minority communities to convey health messages, Professor Kamlesh Khunti

Professor Kamlesh Khunti, Director of the centre, gave a talk at event in both Gujarati and English. He said: “The Type 2 diabetes screening event was very well received by everyone who attended. It is important that we work with minority communities to convey health messages and establish links to ensure health equality for all.”

More than 150 people attended on the day and 70 completed the Leicester Risk Score, which assesses people’s chances of developing Type 2 diabetes using data based on age, sex, waist size, ethnicity, family history and use of blood pressure drugs.

It recommended by health watchdog NICE, used by Diabetes UK and has attracted more than 1.25million people online users.

A total of 27 were deemed to be at very high risk of the condition, 13 fell into the high-risk category, while five people had a medium risk score.

The Centre for Black and Minority Ethnic Health East Midlands is working to reduce health inequality in the region by sharing resources and promoting research.

The centre is funded by the National Institute for Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (NIHR CLAHRC) East Midlands, a partnership of regional health services, universities and industry which turns research into cost-saving and high-quality care through cutting-edge innovation.

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