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Diabetes Scotland’s Inverness and Brora grassroots events calling for local action 'to tackle the defining health crisis of our time'


By Andrew Dixon


With almost 300,000 people living with diabetes in Scotland and more than 500,000 at risk of developing Type 2, the condition is the defining health crisis of our time, according to Diabetes Scotland.

The charity believes grassroots action is vital to making change happen and a new series of events aims to show how people can make a positive difference together.

The Diabetes in Scotland – Making Change Happen event is coming to the Spectrum Centre in Inverness at 10.30am tomorrow. Later the same day, the Scottish Parliament’s cross party group on diabetes will be meeting at 2pm in Inverness Town House.

A second Diabetes in Scotland – Making Change Happen event is scheduled for 1pm on Saturday in the Brora Village Hub and all with an interest in diabetes are welcome to attend.

There are almost 300,000 people living with diabetes in Scotland.
There are almost 300,000 people living with diabetes in Scotland.

Angela Mitchell, national director of Diabetes Scotland, said: “If you live with diabetes yourself, care for someone with the condition, or have strong links to diabetes then our Diabetes in Scotland – Making Change Happen events are for you. We want to hear your concerns, share our priorities for 2019 and discuss ways you can get involved in helping make change happen.

“The recent success of our Flash Glucose Monitoring campaign – which resulted in the life-changing technology rolled out on prescription across Scotland – shows what we can achieve together.

“We want to ensure everyone has access to the right technology. We want better emotional and psychological support. We want to prevent people developing Type 2 diabetes in the first place and, wherever possible, help people with Type 2 into remission. We also want to fund more research into better treatments and ultimately a cure.

“We hope that everyone who shares our vision of a world where diabetes can do no harm will come along to these events to tell us their concerns and find out how their support and positive action can make change happen.”

If you would like to attend any of these events let Diabetes Scotland know on 07739 437750 or email gwen.harrison@diabetes.org.uk



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