Kidderminster roadshow to check for diabetes

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A HEALTHY Lifestyle Roadshow in Kidderminster will help people find out if they are at risk of Type 2 diabetes and get information about diet and physical activity.

The roadshow, run by Diabetes UK in partnership with Bupa, will visit 1 High Street, Kidderminster next Tuesday and Wednesday from 9.30am to 4.30pm. It will offer a quick and confidential assessment .

Diabetes is serious and can lead to devastating complications such as heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness or amputation but, if managed properly, people with diabetes can live long, healthy lives.

In the UK there are seven million people at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes as well as an estimated 2.9 million people already diagnosed with the condition.

Diabetes UK and Bupa are working together to help people reduce their risk of Type 2 diabetes by highlighting the risk factors and encouraging people to live healthier lives.

Around half of the people who were referred to their GP at a roadshow last year have already made a positive change to their diet or activity levels.

Peter Shorrick, Diabetes UK’s regional manager in the Midlands, said: “We will have staff and volunteers in Kidderminster to have a look at how likely you are to develop Type 2 diabetes now and in the next 10 years, through a series of questions and measurement but there’s nothing scary about our roadshow and no blood tests.

“It won’t take long but could be an important way of finding the right path to a healthier life. There will be lots of information, encouragement and advice about Type 2 diabetes and reducing your own risk of getting the condition.”

Anyone who cannot attend the roadshow in Kidderminster can find out their risk of Type 2 diabetes online at bupa.co.uk/diabetesriskscore. If, after taking the test, they are found to be at moderate or high risk of developing the condition they should visit their GP.

For more information about diabetes visit diabetes.org.uk

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