Raising diabetes awareness worldwide

Senior citizens living with diabetes are being asked to send a photo as part of a national campaign to create a special mosaic.

The website, www.facingdiabetes.co.uk, will use the pictures for a collage and create a larger image titled "The Face of Diabetes" in honour of World Diabetes Day, which will be celebrated tomorrow (November 14th).

Douglas Smallwood, chief executive of Diabetes UK, called the condition "one of the biggest health challenges facing the UK today.

Raising diabetes awareness worldwide " It is estimated approximately 500,000 people in the UK have type 2 diabetes and do not know it.

Although there are more than 2.5 million people in the UK living with the disease, Marc Evans, consultant dialectologist at Llandlough Hospital, said the number is set to rise significantly by 2010.

"More needs to be done to raise the profile of what it means to have diabetes," Evans said.

World Diabetes Day is celebrated annually on November 14th in an effort to raise global awareness of the condition. The date marks the birthday of Frederick Banting, one of the men credited for discovering insulin in 1921.

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