Wembley arch will turn blue for World Diabetes Day

11 November 2016

The iconic Arch at Wembley Stadium will turn blue on Monday 14 November for World Diabetes Day. In Brent, over 25,178 people are recorded as having diabetes, around 1 in 13 of the total population - which is more than any other London borough.


Cllr Krupesh Hirani, Lead Member for Community Wellbeing, Brent Council said: "We are delighted to be working with the Football Association on World Diabetes Day to raise awareness of the condition and what better way to get people talking than to light up the famous arch blue.


"The increase in diabetes cases in Brent is mainly due to a rise in type 2 diabetes, and it's important that we talk about the condition so people understand their own personal risk and if they are at risk to help them make lifestyle changes."


Brent Council works with Diabetes UK to train volunteers as Community Champions, who help raise awareness of the condition. They also support people who are already diagnosed with diabetes to better self-manage.


Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities can be two to four times more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes.


Krishna Sarda, Engaging Communities Manager at Diabetes UK, said: "Type 2 diabetes is serious and if left undiagnosed or untreated it can lead to devastating health complications such as stroke, blindness and amputation. However, identified and managed well this doesn't have to be the case."


Brent Council also work closely with Brent Integrated Diabetes Service (BIDS) to educate and engage people from all backgrounds on diabetes prevention and care.


Speaking about this year's World Diabetes Day, Dr Koteshwara Muralidhara (BIDS) said: "The theme for this year's world diabetes day is 'Eye on Diabetes'. So we are particularly interested in screening 'at risk' residents for type 2 diabetes and screening for complications in people who already have the condition."


Gary Mabbutt, Tottenham Hotspur legend and type 1 diabetic, will join the Brent BIDs team, Brent Diabetes Champions and Cllr Hirani on Monday to light up Wembley.


Gary said: "It's vital that we increase awareness of the condition and the importance of a healthy lifestyle and that's what World Diabetes Day is all about. I was diagnosed with diabetes when I was 17 and had to manage it throughout my career at Spurs. The key is to be as informed as possible, so it's great to be involved in raising the profile in Brent."


Brent's Diabetes Champions will be at Brent Civic Centre and at ASDA, Wembley from 10am to 4pm. There will be range of information on healthy eating and all the physical activities that are available in Brent. Come and do a free 'Know Your Risk' assessment.