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FOR the first time free information packs are available in a supermarket about Type 2 diabetes.

According to Diabetes UK, about 9,000 people in Portsmouth are estimated to have the condition, while a further 2,000 people are living with it, but don’t know.

The charity has teamed up with Tesco to coincide with Diabetes Week, which starts on Monday.

The pack includes information on diabetes care, medication, insulin, health information, food, exercise and weight management.

Jill Steaton, Diabetes UK regional manager for the south east, said: ‘Thousands of people in Portsmouth have Type 2 diabetes, yet we see so many of these people are not achieving their targets for blood pressure, cholesterol and blood glucose.

‘Everyone with Type 2 diabetes should have all of the information they need to manage their condition well and look after their overall health.’

The joint initiative by Diabetes UK and Tesco is part of the two organisations’ National Charity Partnership, which aims to raise £10m for people who have diabetes or are at risk of developing it.

The packs will be available at store entrances and customer services desks until June 16, to coincide with the end of Diabetes Week, and will continue to be available from Tesco pharmacies.

To find out more, call Careline on 0845 1202960, email careline@diabetes.org.uk or visit diabetes.org.uk.