At their Healthy Lifestyle Roadshow in Cardiff Diabetes UK and Bupa found that 132 per cent of people were at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
Of the 287 visitors seen at the roadshow on the 3 and 4 of July, 46 per cent were referred to their doctor for further tests and support because of their likelihood of developing the condition. Some may find they already have Type 2 diabetes, as it can often go unnoticed for years.
But getting diagnosed early, or being recognised as high or moderate risk, means that people have the opportunity to make healthy lifestyle choices which can help them avoid serious health problems, according to the charity.
Type 2 diabetes is a lifelong condition but people who get diagnosed can go on to manage it well, through healthy eating, physical activity and in some cases medication, and live long and healthy lives. If people are recognised as being at high or moderate risk, they may be able to prevent or delay the development of the condition through lifestyle choices and maintaining a healthy weight.
A dietitian was onsite at the roadshow in Cardiff to offer advice about how to achieve a healthy balanced diet and an activity zone encouraged people to get moving.
Diabetes UK is the charity partner for the Bupa Great Run Series, and the money raised from these runs is being used to fund the Healthy Lifestyle Roadshows.
Diabetes UK Cymru’s Director Dai Williams said: “It’s obviously very concerning that so many people in Cardiff have been identified as moderate or high risk of Type 2 diabetes. But our roadshow has given them a chance to get help from their doctor and hopefully to take a serious look at their health.
“Being overweight is one of the main risk factors of Type 2 diabetes but it’s not the only one. Some people will be at risk of the condition because of their age, ethnicity or family history. But weight is the one thing you can do something about. So whether you have other risk factors or not, it is a smart move to look closely at your lifestyle habits and do all you can to keep at a healthy weight, eat well and be physically active. Even small changes can make a big difference.”
Dr Paula Franklin, medical director at Bupa UK, said: “We’re pleased that the Diabetes UK roadshow in Cardiff has helped to educate so many about the risks factors associated with 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, happier lives and this roadshow takes us a step closer to achieving this goal.”
Anyone who couldn’t attend the roadshow in Cardiff can find out their risk of Type 2 diabetes online at 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.
For more information about diabetes, visit: www.diabetes.org.uk .