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More than half tested at roadshow could have diabetes

Diabetes UK roadshow Dewsbury, pictured are Hayley Lucas-Hill, Christine Fox, Henry  Gerber, Mina Crisp and John Church. (d601a434)

Diabetes UK roadshow Dewsbury, pictured are Hayley Lucas-Hill, Christine Fox, Henry Gerber, Mina Crisp and John Church. (d601a434)

More than half of people tested for diabetes at a Healthy Lifestyle Roadshow are at risk of developing the disease. The roadshow in Dewsbury, which was jointly run by Diabetes UK and private health company Bupa, saw 230 people undergo preliminary checks for Type 2 diabetes, with 57 per cent being referred to their doctor for further tests and support because of their likelihood of developing the condition.

More than 13,000 people in North Kirklees have already been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, which causes high blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Those who develop Type 2 diabetes are affected by it for life, although it can be controlled and managed through healthy lifestyle choices.

Linda Wood, regional manager for Diabetes UK in the Northern and Yorkshire region, said: “It’s obviously very concerning that so many people in Dewsbury have been identified as moderate or high risk of Type 2 diabetes. But our roadshow has given them a chance to get help from their doctor and hopefully to take a serious look at their health.”

To find your risk of Type 2 diabetes by visiting www.bupa.co.uk/diabetesriskscore.

 

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