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Northfield MP Richard Burden is urging local people to take advantage of a FREE diabetes testing session this week.

Mr Burden has arranged for diabetes charity Silver Star to be at Sainsbury’s Northfield between 10am – 5pm on Friday 31st January with their Mobile Diabetes Unit.

The testing takes between 3 and 5 minutes and results can be given right away. Experts are available to give support and advice and answer any concerns or queries. Mr Burden himself will be taking the test and urges others to do the same.

Diabetes affects around 3 million people in the UK. The body is unable to convert glucose into energy and a sufferer’s quality of life can be affected. Diabetes cannot be cured but it can be effectively treated and controlled, minimising the risk of further health problems.

Diabetes is a condition in which the body loses its ability to convert glucose into energy and affects around 3 million people in the UK. Its symptoms can affect a person’s quality of life and while it cannot be cured, it can be treated successfully.

Recent reseearch has identified Birmingham has a diabetes hotspot with 9.3% of people in some areas of the city suffering from the condition, compared with a national average of 5%.

Mr Burden said: “As we start the New Year I know many people are making resolutions – to drink less, eat healthier, or do more exercise. It’s a new start and a time to remind us all of us that the state of our health is a major concern.

“I am very pleased that Silver Star’s fantastic Mobile Diabetes Unit will be visiting Northfield […] and I urge local residents to take advantage of the quick and easy free tests they will be offering.”

Event details:
What: Silver Star FREE diabetes and BMI testing
When: 10am – 5pm Friday 31st January 2014
Where: Sainsbury’s car park, Frankley Beeches Road, Northfield B31 5AA

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