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Mid and East Antrim Borough Council supports World Diabetes Day

Friday 9 November 2018

Mid and East Antrim landmarks will be illuminated blue to raise awareness of World Diabetes Day on 14 November.​

The Braid, lit up blue

The Braid in Ballymena and Smiley Buildings will light up in support of the cause.
 
Mayor, Councillor Lindsay Millar said: “We’re really proud to be helping raise awareness and show our support for all of those living with diabetes. The health and wellbeing of our citizens is vitally important and a key aspect of the borough’s Community Plan, Putting People First.

“We want all residents to enjoy long, healthy and active lives in a borough which offers high quality public services and health equality for all. It’s important to raise awareness of diabetes so people can learn the important signs needed to fight it and control it.”

Diabetes UK Northern Ireland National Director, Jillian Patchett, said: “We would like to thank Mid and East Antrim Borough Council for supporting our call to ‘go blue’ and for raising awareness of diabetes in the local community on World Diabetes Day.

“There are over 100,000 people living with diabetes in Northern Ireland with approximately 90% of those living with Type 2 diabetes. More and more families are being impacted by this relentless condition and it is important that they know they are not alone.

“Diabetes is serious, it can be overwhelming and at times can be hard to live with. This World Diabetes Day ‘go blue’ for diabetes and help us raise awareness about a misunderstood condition that so many of us are living with and the support that is available.”

For more information and to keep up to date you can go to the Diabetes UK website.