Free diabetes risk assessment roadshow coming to Mansfield

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A healthy lifestyle roadshow is visiting Mansfield to help people reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes UK and Bupa will be working together to hold free risk assessments on the 5th and 6th August outside the Old Town Hall in Market Place.

People can receive a free risk assessment which 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 10,400 people in Nottinghamshire who have Type 2 diabetes but do not currently know it.

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.

Pete Shorrick, Diabetes UK’s Midlands 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.”