This year’s Healthy Lifestyle Roadshow is visiting Crewe as Diabetes UK and Bupa work together to help people reduce their risk of Type 2 diabetes.
On Tuesday 7 May (9am – 5pm) and Wednesday 8 May (9am to 4.30pm) at Market Square, (Outside Marks & Spencer), Crewe CW1 2HR, people will receive a free risk assessment.
This will indicate their risk of having Type 2 diabetes, as well as their chance of developing the condition in the next 10 years.
The roadshow will also aim to identify some of the estimated 5,000 people in Central and Eastern Cheshire who have Type 2 diabetes but don’t currently know it.
At the Healthy Lifestyle Roadshow, people will have their weight, height and waist measured and will receive a consultation about risk factors and healthy living. A dietician will also be available to discuss the advantages of a healthy balanced diet. Many cases of Type 2 Diabetes could be delayed or prevented with a healthy lifestyle.
The risk factors of developing Type 2 diabetes include being overweight, having a large waist, having high blood pressure and having a close relative with diabetes. Risk also increases with age and is higher for people from a black, Asian or ethnic minority background.
With over 22,300 people already diagnosed with diabetes in Central and Eastern Cheshire, the undiagnosed rate currently runs at over 18 per cent of those diagnosed.
The Roadshow is visiting Crewe because it has the highest prevalence of adult obesity, 25.7 per cent, in Central and Eastern Cheshire.
Helen Pattie, Diabetes UK North West Regional Manager said:
“Up to 80 per cent of cases of Type 2 diabetes could be delayed or prevented with healthy lifestyle changes, such as eating a healthy diet, taking regular physical activity and managing your weight.
We want to make people aware of their risk and support them in making the right choices to improve their health and reduce their chance of developing Type 2 diabetes, which is a life-long condition.
“If we can also find those people who already have Type 2 diabetes but don’t know it, they can get the help they need to manage their condition and avoid some of the devastating health complications which can develop if diabetes goes unnoticed.”
Diabetes UK is the charity partner for the Bupa Great Run Series, and the money raised from these runs is being used to fund the Healthy Lifestyle Roadshows
Diabetes is one of the biggest health challenges facing the UK today, with more than 3.8 million people with the condition. It is a serious condition that can lead to devastating complications, such as heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness and amputation. But, if managed correctly, people with diabetes can live long, healthy lives.
Anyone unable to attend the Roadshow can still assess their risk of diabetes by taking the free Diabetes UK Risk Score test online at www.diabetes.org.uk/roadshow
If after taking the test they are found to be at moderate or high risk of developing the condition they should visit their GP.