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142 People At Risk Of Diabetes In Weymouth

Diabetes Roadshow

9:01am 28th July 2014

Diabetes UK and Bupa have found that 142 people in Weymouth are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

The Healthy Lifestyle Roadshow last week saw 222 people and 64% were referred to their doctors for further tests.

Type 2 diabetes is a lifelong condition but those who have been recognised as high or moderate risk, now have the chance to make healthy lifestyle choices.

Dr Paula Franklin, medical director at Bupa UK said she is pleased that the roadshow has helped to educate people about the risks of Type 2 Diabetes.

''Prevention is key so we hope that anyone at risk has been inspired to make healthy lifestyle changes.

''Bupa's purpose is to help people lead longer, healthier and happier lives and this roadshow takes us a step closer to achieving this goal.''

Phaedra Perry, Diabetes UK South West Regional Manager said the roadshow results are worrying.

''It's obviously very concerning that so many people in Weymouth have been identified as moderate or high risk of Type 2 diabetes, particularly as there are already 37,000 people diagnosed with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes in Dorset''

She explained that being overweight is not the only risk factor of Type 2 diabetes.

''Some people will be at risk of the condition because of their age, ethnicity or family history. But weight is one thing you can do something about.''

A dietitian was also onsite to offer advice at the Roadshow which took place on the 21st and 22nd of July.

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