Dorset People with Diabetes Encouraged to Hashtag their Stories
7:55am 10th June 2014
People with Diabetes in Dorset are being encouraged to get online, and share their stories via social media.
It's diabetes week and Diabetes UK say, they want us to raise awareness about living with the condition.
NHS Dorset says there are 37,000 people with Type 1 or Type 2 according to their latest figures.
The charity is encouraging people to use the hashtag "iCan" to share their stories online.
Anyone between 40 and 74 can have their risk of developing diabetes assessed by having a free NHS Health Check.
The twenty-minute NHS Health Check assesses people's risk of developing a range of problems, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease.
Based on the results, people who have a check are given personalised advice about how to reduce their risks, and opportunities to improve their health. This can include sending people for further tests, if necessary.
Dr David Phillips, Director of Public Health Dorset, said:
"Diabetes can be a difficult condition to live with but it can also be prevented or delayed if people make positive changes to their lifestyle early on.
"It is really important people see the benefits of having a health check."
The local NHS Health Check programme is organised by Public Health Dorset and delivered through GP practices and pharmacies.
Anyone between 40 and 74 who has not already been diagnosed with a cardiovascular disease, and has not had a health check within the last five years, is eligible and can book a health check through their GP or a participating pharmacy.
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