West Ham football legends back diabetes awareness campaign
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Three Hammers squad members are calling on men to investigate their risk of Type 2 diabetes using an online survey.
West Ham coach Tony Carr MBE, West Ham captain Mark Noble and players from the first team squad, including Andy Carroll, are backing the Diabetes UK Know Your Risk online tool for World Health Day today.
The online questionnaire was developed after findings from one million visits showed that 38 per cent more women than men are using the tool, despite men being at greater risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
The simple-to-use aid, developed by Diabetes UK, the University of Leicester and the University Hospital of Leicester NHS Trust, calculates an individual’s risk of developing diabetes, accounting for age, gender, weight, waist measurement and ethnicity.
Tony Carr, who was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes 11 years ago, said men needed to know their risks and to take any “necessary action”.
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He said: “When I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 2005, I had been losing weight and feeling terrible. I didn’t have a clue what diabetes was.
“Since then, I’ve really worked hard to take care of myself, eat well and stay active.
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“To hear that Diabetes UK has already had one million visits to its Know Your Risk of Type 2 diabetes tool is really encouraging. I can’t recommend enough that people go online and check their own risk.”
If left untreated or poorly managed, diabetes can lead to complications such as amputation, blindness, heart attack and stroke.
Helen Dickens, Head of Prevention at Diabetes UK, said the charity was “particularly calling on men to get online and find out their risk” after the results of its study.
She said: “A staggering 11.9 million people in the UK are now at increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
“However the good news is that when an individual knows they are at increased risk they hold the power to turn this around by making relatively simple lifestyle changes.
“This is why it is so important to get online now to find out your risk of Type 2 diabetes and then take any necessary steps to reduce this risk, as not doing so can lead to devastating consequences.”
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