The event was designed to raise awareness of the condition in Brent, where over 25,178 people are recorded as having diabetes, around one in 13 of the total population, more than any other London borough. A range of resources on healthy diet and lifestyle were available on the day, with free tests provided to members of the public at Brent Civic Centre.
The surge of cases in Brent is mainly due to an increase in type 2 diabetes, making it vital to discuss the condition with people in the area, so they understand their own personal risk.
Mabbsy, a type 1 diabetic, has long been a campaigner for diabetes awareness having played with the condition throughout his career, breaking down many barriers and perceptions in the process.
He said: “It’s vital that we increase awareness of the condition and the importance of a healthy lifestyle and that’s what World Diabetes Day is all about. I was diagnosed with diabetes when I was 17 and had to manage it throughout my playing career at Spurs. The key is to be as informed as possible, so it’s great to be involved in raising the profile at Wembley and what better way to do it than turn the famous arch blue.”
Gary is also heavily involved in Tottenham Hotspur Foundation’s diabetes self-management programme with Whittington Health NHS Trust. The project, which has been running for a year, provides advice to local people on how best to cope with the condition and lead a healthy lifestyle.