North West London’s World Diabetes Day celebrations

World Diabetes Day is a global annual celebration, drawing attention to some of the most important issues in the world of the diabetes.

This year, the NHS and health partners welcomed patients, carers, friends, family, clinical staff and voluntary organisations to join in the celebrations.

There was a series of inspiring talks about the condition, how to manage the risks and the support available. We heard from clinicians, councillors and a personal account from a NW London resident living with Type 2 diabetes.

Mr Keith Vaz, MP and All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPG) Chair for diabetes also shared his own experience of being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. He explained: “I found out by chance when I attended an event 10 years ago and demonstrated taking blood from my finger. Until that test I did not realise I had diabetes. My mother also suffered from the condition and died from diabetes related complications. I wish I had spoken to her about the condition before she died so that I could have learned more. I knew nothing about diabetes before I was diagnosed; my passion now comes from knowing that the condition is preventable and making more people aware.”

To add to this we also launched the brand new ‘Know diabetes NW London’ website providing information, videos, tools and tips to help our residents know diabetes, prevent Type 2 diabetes, manage diabetes, change their health and live life to the full!

This exciting new website will act as a hub of information and training courses on diabetes and provide a set of educational videos with health, exercise and diet tips for patients, the public and clinicians of all ages and ethnicities in NW London. For more information visit www.knowdiabetes.org.uk.

It was really special to see the diabetes community come together, share their stories and support each other in their walk to improve diabetes education and care. We’re looking forward to seeing what the next year brings!