Marking World Diabetes Day
South Shields Town Hall will be bathed in a blue hue this Saturday (14 November) to mark World Diabetes Day.
This year the campaign seeks to raise awareness around the crucial role that nurses play in supporting people living with diabetes.
Councillor Tracey Dixon, Deputy Leader with responsibility for Independence and Wellbeing, said: "This year has really brought home to all of us the amazing work our nurses do.
"As the number people with diabetes continues to rise across the world, the role of nurses and other health professionals becomes ever more important in helping people to manage the impact of the condition.
"Lighting up our beautiful town hall is a simple but effective way in which we can raise awareness of diabetes and inspire people to find out how more about the condition and how they can reduce their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes."
Around 9,000 adults in South Tyneside have diabetes. While some people develop Type 1 diabetes from a young age, simple lifestyle changes such as eating healthily and taking regular exercise can significantly reduce the chances of developing Type 2 diabetes.
Clare Allom, Lead Campaigner of the South Tyneside Diabetes UK group, said: "We are very grateful to South Tyneside Council for marking World Diabetes Day. This has been a very challenging year for everyone, particularly those living with diabetes.
"On this World Diabetes Day it's the small things that have a big impact. Raising awareness of the symptoms of diabetes can help early detection and make sure people get the support they need."
The most common signs of Type 1 diabetes are the four Ts:
- Going to the toilet a lot
- Being really thirsty and not being able to quench the thirst
- Feeling more tired than usual
- Losing weight or looking thinner than usual
During these difficult times anyone in need of advice is encouraged to contact Diabetes Care Line 0345 123 2399 between Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm or visit firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com