Half of the people tested at a diabetes roadshow in Northampton were found to be at risk of developing the condition.
The roadshow, which was organised by Diabetes UK and Bupa, tested 259 people. One hundred and thirty were found to be at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. They were referred to their doctor for further tests and support
A spokesman said: “Getting diagnosed early, or being recognised as high or moderate risk, means that people have the opportunity to make healthy lifestyle choices which can help them avoid serious health problems, according to the charity.
“Type 2 diabetes is a lifelong condition but people who get diagnosed can go on to manage it well, through healthy eating, physical activity and in some cases medication, and live long and healthy lives. If people are recognised as being at high or moderate risk, they may be able to prevent or delay the development of the condition through lifestyle choices and maintaining a healthy weight,” he added.
A dietitian was at the roadshow in Northampton to offer advice about how to achieve a healthy balanced diet and an activity zone encouraged people to get moving.
Salvatore Guarino, from Northampton, was risk assessed and said: “It’s not easy to convince people to change. It’s good that Diabetes UK has brought the roadshow to Northampton. As a result of my risk assessment I will be trying to be more active.”
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.
For more information about diabetes, visit www.diabetes.org.uk.