Just over half the people screened in Eastleigh’s town centre by Diabetes UK last week have proved to be at moderate or high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and have been referred to their GP.
A mobile roadshow parked in the precinct screened 185 people over two days.
Of those screened 94 (51%) have been referred to their Doctor.
Type two diabetes is a variant of the disease that in many cases could be avoided by following a healthier lifestyle.
According to Diabetes UK many people do not even realise they are suffering form type two diabetes and the number of people in the region living with undiagnosed diabetes could be as high as 8,000.
One of the aims of the roadshow was to find some of these people.
On Friday both the Mayor Councillor Malcolm Cross and the town’s MP Mike Thornton paid a visit to the unit and were screened themselves with the MP discovering he was at moderate risk.
Mike Thonton said:
“I’m pleased to see the Diabetes UK roadshow has come to Eastleigh today.
There are over 8,000 people in the local area who are living with undiagnosed Type 2 diabetes, and it’s important for everyone who might be at risk of the condition to be aware of what they can do to reduce their risk and to improve their well being.
The Mayor added:
“I would encourage everyone who might be at risk of Type 2 diabetes to take a risk assessment and take action if they need to.”
You are particularly at risk if you are:
- Aged over 40
- Have a waist size larger than 36”
- Have a family history of diabetes
- Are of Black or South Asian ethnicity
The roadshow also had a dietician on hand to give free advice on healthy eating while volunteers handed out fresh fruit to passers by.
To find out more about diabetes or to take an online assessment go to www.diabetes.org.uk