A HEALTHY lifestyle roadshow run by Diabetes UK and Bupa found 134 people in Kidderminster who were at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
More than 240 people attended the roadshow with 56 per cent being referred to their doctor for further tests and support because of the likelihood of developing the condition.
As well as carrying out diabetes tests, the roadshow also featured an on-site dietician to offer advice about how to achieve a healthy balanced diet and an activity zone, which encouraged people to get moving.
Pete Shorrick, Diabetes UK’s regional manager in the Midlands, said: “It’s obviously very concerning that so many people in Kidderminster have been identified as moderate or high risk of Type 2 diabetes.
“There are already more than 6,000 people diagnosed with the condition in Wyre Forest Clinical Commissioning Group but our roadshow has given them a chance to get help from their doctor and, hopefully, to take a serious look at their health.
“Being overweight is one of the main risk factors of Type 2 diabetes but it’s not the only one.
“Some people will be at risk of the condition because of their age, ethnicity or family history but weight is the one thing you can do something about.
“Whether you have other risk factors or not, it is a smart move to look closely at your lifestyle habits and do all you can to keep at a healthy weight, eat well and be physically active. Even small changes can make a big difference.”
According to the charity, people who are recognised as being at a high or moderate risk might be able to prevent or delay the development of the condition. Getting diagnosed early means that people have the opportunity to make healthy lifestyle choices, which can help them avoid serious health problems.
Dr Paula Franklin, medical director at Bupa UK, said: “We’re pleased that the Diabetes UK roadshow in Kidderminster has helped to educate so many about the risks factors associated with Type 2 diabetes.
“Prevention is key so we hope that anyone at risk has been inspired to make healthy lifestyle changes.”
For more information visit diabetes.org.uk