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Denize Levett, of Finsbury Park, to run Bupa Great North Run to raise money for Diabetes UK.
A woman who lost her grandmother to diabetes has pledged to run a half-marathon to raise money to fund research into the condition.
Denize Levett, of Finsbury Park, is taking part in the Bupa Great North Run, on September 15, for Diabetes UK.
The hotelier and mother of two decided to take part because the disease runs in her family and she lost her grandmother to the condition when she was ten.
She said: “My granny was suffering from foot gangrene due to Type 2 diabetes.
“She was frightened of amputation and as a result left seeking medical help too late and died.
“Now my mum has Type 2 diabetes and so does my brother, who also has learning difficulties.”
The 43-year-old said the reason she runs is so she can keep fit, stay a healthy weight, and reduce her risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
She added: “I want to see more research into discovering how to prevent diabetes.”
It is estimated that in the London Borough of Haringey alone there are 1,389 people with Type 2 diabetes who have not yet been diagnosed.
Money raised from the run will be used to fund Diabetes UK Healthy Lifestyle Roadshows, which take place across the UK.
The roadshows help to raise awareness of the risk factors of Type 2 diabetes and to identify some of the people in the UK who already have the condition and don’t know it.
To sponsor Ms Levett visit www.justgiving.com/Denize-Levett or text DENZ70 with an amount in pounds to 70070.
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