Support Needed to Raise Diabetes Awareness in Dorset
7:33am 23rd May 2014
1 in 7 people are at risk of developing diabetes and more people are needed to help raise awareness on the issue in Dorset.
The local NHS says there are 37,000 people with Type 1 or Type 2 according to their latest figures, and that number is rising, and is the second highest in the South West.
Volunteers are needed to help carry out risk assessments on members of the public at a special awareness roadshow in Weymouth.
People who are found to be at moderate or high risk of developing the condition are referred to their GP.
For those people who already have the condition and do not know it, being referred to their GP can be an important step to getting an early diagnosis and access to the right treatment and care. In Dorset, there are almost 12,000 people estimated to have undiagnosed diabetes.
Diabetes can lead to health complications including heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, blindness and amputation. Half of people with Type 2 diabetes will show signs of some of these complications by the time they are diagnosed, but risks of developing these can be reduced by being seen by a doctor as early as possible.
Volunteers will be given full training for the role once they have committed to attending the roadshow.
Susi Calder, Diabetes UK South West Volunteer Development Officer said: "Risk assessments are a vital part of our work to encourage early diagnosis in order to help people avoid the devastating consequences of undiagnosed diabetes. Diabetes UK provides all the necessary training and our roadshows are great events to be involved with."
Anyone interested in volunteering for the roadshows please email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01823 448260.."