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Olympic hero to open Diabetes Centre in Leicester

Five-time Olympic gold medallist rower, Sir Steve Redgrave, will officially open the new Leicester Diabetes Centre later today.

Five-time Olympic gold medallist rower, Sir Steve Redgrave Credit: Rebecca Naden/PA Wire

The multi-million pound facility at Leicester General Hospital is one of the largest diabetes centres in Europe. The centre is a partnership between the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, the University of Leicester and the local community.

A view of the main entrance at Glenfield Hospital, Leicester Credit: Rui Vieira/PA

Professor Melanie Davies, Professor of Diabetes Medicine and Co-Director of the Centre said, "The focus of the Leicester Diabetes Centre's research is to improve outcomes and the health of people with diabetes and to stop those at high risk of type 2 diabetes developing it at all."

One of the centres aims will be on finding new ways of identifying people at high risk of diabetes and developing effective interventions to stop, slow and treat the condition.

Midlands diabetes rates some of the highest in England

Midlands cities have some of the highest rates of diabetes in England, according to new research.

Just under 10% of people aged over 16 have diabetes in Birmingham, Walsall and Wolverhampton. One in ten people in Leicester have diabetes, making it one of the top ten places in the country for having high rates of the condition.

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