Havering Council shines a light on illness
HAVERING Town Hall is illuminated in blue light tonight (Friday November 12) in recognition of World Diabetes Day at the weekend.
Cllr Michael White, council leader, along with other members, met representatives of the local branch of Diabetes UK, The Havering Family Diabetes Group, who wanted the borough to take part in the worldwide event.
World Diabetes Day, on Sunday November 14, promotes awareness of the condition, which affects an estimated 250 million people across the world.
This figure is estimated to reach 380 million by 2025.
Diabetes affects five per-cent of the global population and causes one million amputations every year.
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It is also the major cause of kidney failure in the developed world and people who suffer from diabetes are two to four times more likely to contract cardio vascular disease.
A blue circle is the universal symbol for diabetes and represents life and health in many cultures.
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