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Changing Diabetes Bus to tour UK and Ireland

Fresh from Amsterdam, the Changing Diabetes Bus is due to arrive in the UK on the 3 October to raise awareness of the social and economic consequences of diabetes.

The Novo Nordisk Changing Diabetes Bus will tour around the UK and Ireland for three weeks, and will first stop outside the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh.

Diabetes affects 2.2 million people in the UK and half a million are thought to be undiagnosed.

It's an expensive disease, consuming 10% of the annual NHS budget with the costs estimated to rise to 25% by 2040.

The Changing Diabetes Bus is filled with interactive multimedia to teach visitors more about diabetes, with quizzes, videos, waist measurement and blood sugar level tests.  

So far the Changing Diabetes Bus has reached more than half a billion people with messages on diabetes awareness.

"I am delighted to hear that the Changing Diabetes Bus will be touring the UK this month. Diabetes can affect anyone at any time and with so many people undiagnosed nationwide, it is imperative that people are aware of the risks, symptoms and ways we can manage the disease so that complications can be avoided wherever possible" says Prof Sudhesh Kumar, Professor of Medicine, Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick.

"I strongly urge everyone to make a visit to the bus as I have no doubt that it will be a worthwhile experience."

Novo Nordisk aim for the bus to interact with one billion people before it arrives in New York City in November to celebrate World Diabetes Day.

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