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Local MSP praises support group's conference success

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 00:00 GMT on Monday, July 4th, 2011.

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CUMBERNAULD and Kilsyth MSP, Jamie Hepburn has praised the efforts of Cumbernauld's local Diabetes Support Group.
Jamie Hepburn MSP said: “The Cumbernauld Diabetes Support Group has done hugely important work since its establishment to support people living with diabetes in the area.  I was very happy to accept the invitation to speak at this conference, and to meet members of the group, their friends, families, and many others with an interest in the issue.
“As the number diagnoses continues to rise, almost everyone will know someone affected by diabetes, so it’s important that groups and conferences like this can help promote awareness both of how to manage diabetes and to prevent the spread of it in the first place. “I’ll continue to work closely with the group in Cumbernauld to support their work in the area.”

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Jamie was invited along to the Organisation's Conference, held at Cumbernauld's New Town Hall, on Tuesday 28th June, to mark the group's first anniversary. With nearly 4'000 people affected by Diabetes in Cumbernauld and Kilsyth and over 200,000 people, in Scotland, the work of Diabetes Support Groups is well praised.
Speaking at the group's Conference, Jamie said: “Prevention is better than cure, and the Scottish Government is committed to doing all that it can to identify those at risk, not just from diabetes but heart disease and stroke, as early as possible. As an MSP, I have been proud to support the measures put forward as part of the Scottish Government's prevention agenda… 
“It is unquestionable that that Scotland faces a challenge in tackling the incidence of diabetes. This is not, however, an insurmountable challenge. It is one that is being taken very seriously by the Scottish Government and fellow stakeholders in the diabetes community. By prioritising high quality care and support, by reducing rates of increase and diagnosing people earlier to avoid complications this challenge is being met head on.”

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