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Diabetes Awareness Amongst the Asian Community

Lloydspharmacy, the UK's leading community pharmacy chain, is today joined by actor Jimmi Harkishin, from Coronation Street*, and Oldham's Mayor Elect, Councillor Abdul Jabbar, in highlighting a free diabetes screening service for the Asian community throughout Britain. The new testing initiative is prompted by research that has found that Asians are six times more likely to develop diabetes than other groups in the UK. Andy Murdock, Superintendent Pharmacist at Lloydspharmacy, explains, "Diabetes is a growing problem in the UK.

Research shows that prevalence has doubled in the last 20 years and estimates predict that it is set to double again in the next 10 years." He continues, "One year ago, we set out to find the million people who are thought to be living with diabetes without knowing it. As part of this initiative, we have now screened over 400,000 people for diabetes. We are delighted to be launching this new campaign to further increase awareness of diabetes in high-risk groups."

Jimmi Harkishin, backing the Lloydspharmacy campaign, states, "The Asian population is particularly susceptible to diabetes, and it is likely to develop at a younger age. It is therefore very important to raise awareness among this community, improving their knowledge of the condition and educating those who may be at risk of developing diabetes." He continues, "I am delighted to support the campaign and hope that it will encourage more people to come forward to get tested."

Lloydspharmacy, working with Diabetes UK and the Focus on Asians with Diabetes group (FAD), plus Lifescan UK, have a new information video that can be borrowed from key pharmacies in the UK. It adopts a "Soap Opera" approach to help highlight symptoms and health issues affecting Asian families. Produced in Bengali, Urdu, Gujarati, Hindi, Punjabi and also English, the film explains the dangers of developing diabetes and demonstrates good diet and lifestyle tips.

Lloydspharmacy's campaign to promote awareness of diabetes within the Asian Community was launched in Birmingham at the end of April 2004 and other events are planned in London and Bradford during 2004. The diabetes screening service is available at over 1150 pharmacies nationwide and is supported by Diabetes UK.

Councillor Abdul Jabbar was joined by other leaders from Oldham's Asian community and current Mayor, Councillor Valerie Sedgwick in taking a diabetes test on Friday 18th June 2004 at 11.00am at Lloydspharmacy, 20 High Street, Oldham, OL1 1JA.

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