People in Merthyr are invited to a Healthy Lifestyle Roadshow where they will find out if they are at risk of Type 2 diabetes and get valuable information about diet and physical activity.
The roadshow, run by Diabetes UK in partnership with Bupa, will be in Merthyr’s Market Square on Wednesday 3 and Thursday 4 September to offer a quick and confidential assessment so that people can find out if they are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
Last year, roadshow buses travelled Wales and saw over 1,500 people step on board to find out their risk and discuss healthy lifestyle options, including tips on how to eat a balanced diet and get physically active, with friendly volunteers and dietitians.
Up to 80 per cent of Type 2 diabetes cases could be delayed or prevented and, for many people, the Healthy Lifestyle Roadshow is the first step to turning their health around. Around half of the people who were referred to their GP at a roadshow last year have already made a positive change to their diet or activity levels.
A roadshow in Cardiff in July found 132 people to be at moderate or high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and referred them to their GP for further tests and support.
Diabetes is serious and can lead to devastating complications such as heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness or amputation. But, if identified quickly and managed properly, people with diabetes can live long, healthy lives.
In Wales there are 173,000 people living with diabetes and a further 350,000 people who could be at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Diabetes UK and Bupa are working together to help people reduce their risk of Type 2 diabetes by highlighting the risk factors and encouraging people everywhere to live healthier lives.
Diabetes UK Cymru’s Director Dai Williams said: “We will have staff and volunteers in Merthyr, my hometown, 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 risk of getting the condition.”
Healthy Lifestyle Roadshows are funded by money raised from the Bupa Great Run series, thanks to the charity partnership between Bupa and Diabetes UK.
Dr Paula Franklin, medical director at Bupa UK, said: “We strongly believe that prevention is key, so we hope this roadshow will help many people in the area to make healthier lifestyle choices, especially if they are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Bupa’s purpose is to help people lead longer, healthier, happier lives, and through our partnership with Diabetes UK we have committed to improving the lives of thousands of people across the UK.”
Anyone who can’t attend the roadshow in Merthyr can find out their risk of Type 2 diabetes online at www.bupa.co.uk/diabetesriskscore http://www.bupa.co.uk/diabetesriskscore . If after taking the test they are found to be at moderate or high risk of developing the condition they should visit their GP.