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So you think you know about diabetes?

Diabetes UK has launched a set of tapes aimed specifically for the South Asian community.

The tapes provide information on Type 2 diabetes and also handy tips on managing the condition.

The information is provided in a unique and entertainingstyle conversation between Auntie Ji and her nephew, who has just been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.

Jenne Dixit, Equality and Diversity Advisor at Diabetes UK said, "Some people from the South Asian communities are up to six times more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes than the white population.

"In addition, they risk developing the condition earlier in life. It is essential we do all we can to raise awareness in the UK’s diverse communities. The more information people receive, the more they can do to manage their diabetes and reduce their risk of long-term complications, such as heart and kidney disease, strokes, blindness and amputations."

Surendra Kochar, from Asian Network’s Silver Street, and who played Auntie Ji in the Hindi and English tapes said: “I am delighted to have taken part in raising much needed diabetes awareness in the South Asian community. I was amazed to learn that making a few lifestyle changes can greatly improve a person’s diabetes control.”

The tapes,, are available in Hindi, Bengali and English and are free of charge by emailingdiabeteslifestyle@diabetes.org.uk

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