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FREE Diabetes Checks In Weymouth

Diabetes Roadshow

8:03am 21st July 2014

People in Weymouth can today take advantage of a FREE Diabetes assessment, aiming to spot early signs of the disease.

The pain-free check, on the sea front near the King's statue, will assess whether someone may have, or is at higher risk of developing, Type 2 Diabetes.

It's thought around 12,000 people in Dorset currently have it and don't realise.

If you can't get down to the roadshow, Erin Dean from Diabetes UK says there are symptoms you can check yourself.

"The kind of things we asked people to look out for with Type 2 Diabetes are needing to wee more, being more thirsty, being more tired, losing weight without trying and slow healing cuts.  They can of course be symptoms of other things, but if you are experiencing them its worth getting it checked out."

The roadshow will be at the Kings Statue in Weymouth today and tomorrow.

Phaedra Perry, Diabetes UK's regional manager in South West, said: "We will have staff and volunteers in Weymouth to have a look at how likely you are to develop Type 2 diabetes now and in the next ten years, through a series of questions and measurements - but there's nothing scary about our roadshow and no blood tests.

"It won't take long, but could be an important way of finding the right path to a healthier life. There will be lots of information, encouragement and advice about Type 2 diabetes and reducing your own risk of getting the condition."

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