Hundreds at diabetes risk roadshow

By Sue Pert

Friday, August 29, 2014

 

Hundreds at diabetes risk roadshow

Diabetes UK Roadshow in Newport. Pictures of Robin Crossley.

MORE than 200 people took up the invitation of see if they are at risk of type 2 diabetes.

Of those who took part on the Island 64 per cent were referred to their GP for further tests after being discovered to be at high or moderate risk. Nationally, the average is 50 per cent.

An invitation was sent out to people to take part in the healthy lifestyle roadshow in St Thomas Square, in Newport, on two days last week to find out if they were at risk and to get information about diet and physical activity.

Last year, roadshow buses travelled the country and saw almost 20,000 people step on board to find out their risk and discuss healthy lifestyle options, including tips from volunteers and dieticians on how to eat a balanced diet and get physically active.

Diabetes can lead to complications, such as heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness or amputation.

But, if managed properly, people with diabetes can live long, healthy lives.

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