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Newham residents can be tested for Type 2 diabetes

17:17 29 July 2013

Residents will be encouraged to take up physical activity to combat the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes

Residents will be encouraged to take up physical activity to combat the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes

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Residents worried that they maybe at risk of developing diabetes can find out for sure by attending a roadshow in Queen’s Market.

The Diabetes UK Healthy Lifestyle Roadshow, in partnership with Bupa in Newham will be in Upton Park on August 8 and 9.

It will offer free, quick and pain-free risk assessments so that people can find out if they may have, or are at risk of developing the condition which can lead to devastating complications such as heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness or amputation. But, if managed properly, people with diabetes can live long, healthy lives.

At the roadshow, a Diabetes UK representative will assess people by measuring their height, weight and waist and asking some relevant questions.

They will then be told about their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes now and over the next 10 years and will be given expert information and advice about their health. An on-site dietitian will advise on making small, positive lifestyle changes which can have a big impact on preventing the condition.

People found to be at moderate to high risk will be referred to their GP for further tests.

Anyone who can’t attend the Roadshow can still assess their risk 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.

People with Type 2 diabetes don’t produce enough insulin or the insulin they produce doesn’t work properly (known as insulin resistance). 85 to 90 per cent of people with diabetes have Type 2. They might get Type 2 diabetes because of their family history, age and ethnic background puts them at increased risk. They are also more likely to get Type 2 diabetes if they are overweight. It starts gradually, usually later in life, and it can be years before they realise they have it.

Type 2 diabetes is treated with a healthy diet and increased physical activity. In addition, tablets and/or insulin can be required.

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