DIABETES UK’s Healthy Lifestyle Roadshow will visit Market Place in Mansfield on Wednesday and Thursday from 9am to 5pm to help people in the area find out more about diabetes and discover whether they are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
The roadshow aims to identify some of the estimated 11,700 people in the Nottinghamshire County PCT area who have Type 2 diabetes but are not aware they do.
This is vital because if the condition is not diagnosed early enough or left untreated, it can lead to devastating complications like stroke, heart disease, kidney failure and blindness.
The roadshow raises awareness of risk factors for Type 2 diabetes, which include being overweight or having a large waist, being aged over 40 (or over 25 in Black and South Asian people) and having a close relative with diabetes.
At risk waist measurements are 37 inches or more for men, except those of South Asian origin who are at risk at 35 inches or more, and 31.5 inches or more for all women.
The symptoms of diabetes include urinating more often and especially at night, increased thirst, extreme tiredness, unexplained weight loss, genital itching or regular episodes of thrush, slow healing of cuts and wounds and blurred vision.
Diabetes UK staff will offer free diabetes risk assessment tests which predict a person’s risk of developing Type 2 diabetes in the next ten years. If this risk is moderate to high, people will be referred to their GP for further advice or tests. People can also find out how to make healthy lifestyle changes by adopting a healthy diet low in fat, salt and sugar and taking regular physical activity.
People unable to attend the Roadshow can still test whether they are at risk of diabetes by taking the free Diabetes UK Risk Score test online at www.diabetes.org.uk/roadshow/riskscore1. If after taking the test they are found to be at moderate or high risk of developing the condition they should visit their GP.