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Amitabh Bachchan Takes Diabetes Test to Promote Health Awareness

by Thilaka Ravi on August 25, 2008 at 6:21 PM
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 Amitabh Bachchan Takes Diabetes Test to Promote Health Awareness

Indian superstar Amitabh Bachchan, who is currently in Britain as part of his worldwide star- studded 'Unforgettable Tour', took a diabetes test in Leicester to support the cause of health awareness.

As soon as he took the test on Saturday at the Silver Star Appeal, a diabetes charity begun by British MP Keith Vaz, the star stepped out to wave to about a 1000 of his screaming fans who had gathered to get a glimpse of their favorite hero.

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"He's in the clear and very happy about it," Vaz announced to the crowd. "We gave him a self-testing kit to take away," he added.

Bachchan also launched a Mobile Assessment Unit that carries out free diabetes tests and promotes culturally sensitive health-care.

The Bollywood actor said it was his serious accident in the sets of the film "Coolie" that sensitized him to the need for supporting health causes.
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About 22 million in the UK have diabetes and another 750,000 may be living with the condition without knowing it because they haven't taken a diabetes test.

Leicester has a large Indian-origin community and it is estimated that in 2010, some 66,000 people in Leicester will be living with diabetes, without knowing it.



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