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Diabetes UK swimmers take on the English Channel

Twelve spirited swimmers braved the waters of the English Channel in a relay race that took place in the middle of the night to raise vital funds for Diabetes UK.

The plucky participants swam from Dover to Cap Griz Nez in France as part of two six-people relay teams for the Channel Challenge 2008. The race took place last Friday morning, 22 August, and started at 2am. The swimmers took it in turns to swim for an hour and completed the race in 14 hours and 25 minutes, and 15 hours and eight minutes (times for each team).

Admirable courage

“All the swimmers showed admirable courage. The Channel Challenge 2008 swim undoubtedly required great stamina and physical endurance, and Diabetes UK is proud that these swimmers rose to the challenge for us. They helped raise much-needed funds for research projects to find a cure for this condition," said Emily Jones, Diabetes UK Events Manager.

“There are 2.3 million people diagnosed with diabetes in the UK and more than half a million with Type 2 diabetes who don’t even know it.

Risk factors for Type 2 diabetes

"Risk factors for Type 2 diabetes include a waist measurement of 37 inches or more for men, except those of South Asian origin who are at risk at 35 inches or more, and 31.5 inches or more for all women. Other risk factors include being aged over 40, or 25 for people of Black and South Asian origin, or having a family history of Type 2 diabetes. Anyone with two or more of these risk factors should visit their GP for a simple diabetes test."

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