Last week in representatives of Diabetes UK Scotland were in Parliament promoting a new partnership with Edinburgh International Science Festival – Live for It!
Diabetes is a condition where the body can’t use sugar properly. If untreated, diabetes can lead to heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness and amputations. There are two forms of diabetes – Type 1, which usually develops in younger people, and Type 2, which largely affects people over the age of 40 and is the most prevalent form of the condition. To find out more about diabetes you can watch this video.
The partnership is aiming to tackle the problem of childhood obesity and to show young people how leading a healthy lifestyle now can help lead to a healthy lifestyle in future. By working with children in workshops and through fun activities the campaign aims to educate young people about the links between an unhealthy lifestyle and Type 2 diabetes later in life.
People with diabetes are encouraged to exercise more as this helps them to better control blood sugar levels and avoid other health problems. Regular exercise is also recommended to help prevent onset of type 2 diabetes.
To make their point, the partnership brought along a lifesize version of the board game ‘Operation’. Of course behind the fun a serious point was being made and each organ that MSPs were asked to remove showed the effects of diabetes on different parts of the body.