Derek joined Labour Leader Ed Miliband MP, Conservative Party Co-Chair Baroness Warsi, and Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader Simon Hughes MP, along with other MPs, at the launch of the Silver Star Diabetes Challenge at the House of Commons last week.
At the special testing event, held on Wednesday 19th October, Derek took the quick and simply Type 2 diabetes test to help raise awareness of the need for public testing for the disease.
Derek was also issued with the Silver Star Pedometer to measure the amount of steps taken during a Parliamentary Week as part of the 50 day challenge. The public can keep track of their MP on the Silver Star website and the winner of the 50 day challenge will be announced in February 2012. The key to preventing diabetes is physical activity and a healthy diet.
The NHS spends £1 million per hour on diabetes related illnesses and it is estimated that more than one million people in the UK are unaware that they have the condition.
"The diabetes test was so easy. It only takes two minutes and can save lives. I hope my constituents will also take the test and I am looking forward to finding out the results of the pedometer challenge in February."
Special Guest Hari Dhillon, Dr Michael Spence on BBC 1's Holby City, joined in the effort to highlight the problem of diabetes worldwide; "The evening was a triumph and I was delighted to contribute to such a worldwide cause."
The Chairman of the Trustees for Silver Star, Dr Modhwadia, said; "The diabetes test is so quick and simple. I am delighted that so many MPs decided to take the test and be part of the Challenge. It will help raise awareness of this largely unseen health condition."