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More than 100 people told they are at risk of diabetes
5:30pm Friday 16th August 2013 in Local
MORE than 120 people have been referred to their GP with risk of Type 2 diabetes after a healthy living roadshow called into town.
More than half of the residents that came for a free test, held last week in the centre of town, were urged to go and see their GP as their risk of diabetes was moderate to high.
The roadshow, organised by charity Diabetes UK, offered advice and encouragement on lifestyle changes, such as adopting a healthy diet low in fat, salt and sugar and taking regular physical activity.
Pete Shorrick, regional manager for Diabetes UK in the Midlands, said: “It’s frightening that there are more than 8,000 people in Worcestershire that have Type 2 diabetes but have no idea they do.
“It is also concerning that there are so many people at risk of the condition.”
When diagnosed early and managed well, people living with the condition can go on to live long and healthy lives.
However, if Type 2 diabetes is left untreated it can result in heart attacks, strokes, blindness, kidney failure and even amputation.
Mr Shorrick added: “Diabetes is a serious, lifelong condition and the number of people living with it is on the rise.
“The first step to stopping this increase is making people aware of what they can do to prevent Type 2 diabetes.
“We want to let them know that we are here to support them make the changes they need.”
For more information, visit diabetes.org.uk/roadshow/riskscore1.
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