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Diabetes: more than half at risk

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: October 23, 2013

ROADSHOW: Mayor Wendy Flynn with John Church and Paula Wilson of Diabetes UK

ROADSHOW: Mayor Wendy Flynn with John Church and Paula Wilson of Diabetes UK

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MORE than half of the people in Cheltenham who visited a diabetes roadshow were referred to their doctors because they are at risk of developing the condition.

Diabetes UK brought its mobile clinic to Cheltenham High Street to offer a free health check and advice to people who might fit the risk criteria, as well as give information on how to avoid developing type 2 diabetes.

Of the 241 people tested, 122 – that's 51 per cent – were recommended to visit their GP, as they were deemed to have a moderate to high risk of developing the condition.

South West regional manager for the charity, Graham Cooper, said: "Diabetes is one of the biggest health challenges facing the UK today.

"It's frightening that there are more than 6,800 people in Gloucestershire that have type 2 diabetes but have no idea. It is also concerning that there are so many people at risk of the condition."

Visitors to the roadshow were weighed, measured and screened about their lifestyle, including Cheltenham's mayor, Wendy Flynn. "It's great that events like this come to Cheltenham and it's encouraging that nearly 250 people are now aware whether or not they are at risk of developing diabetes," she said.

Diabetes UK says nearly 30,000 people in the county have been diagnosed with diabetes. When diagnosed early and managed well, people can live long and healthy lives, but left untreated, or if blood sugar levels are not managed, it can lead to heart attack, stroke, kidney failure and blindness.

Those who missed the roadshow can take a test online at diabetes.org/roadshow/ riskscore1

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