Acclaim for campaign

The Mayor and Mayor's Consort, Coun Joy Birch and Albert Bradley, at the Diabetes UK Roadshow in Market Place, with charity regional support officer Lesley Challoner on the fruit bike
The Mayor and Mayor's Consort, Coun Joy Birch and Albert Bradley, at the Diabetes UK Roadshow in Market Place, with charity regional support officer Lesley Challoner on the fruit bike
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A DRIVE to raise awareness of the dangers of diabetes in Wigan has been hailed a success.

The Diabetes UK road show was in Wigan’s Market Place on Thursday and Friday and the organisers have hailed it a success.

An estimated 3,900 people across NHS Ashton, Leigh and Wigan have Type Two diabetes but do not know it and the road show aims to tackle this by highlighting the risk factors and encouraging members of the public to make lifestyle changes.

Hannah Gordon, roadshow co-ordinator for Diabetes UK, said: “There has been lots of interest in the road show and that has meant it has been a really busy and enjoyable couple of days.

“We have also appreciated the very warm welcome we have received from people in Wigan and many of them have been interested in finding out more about diabetes and about how people can reduce risk of Type Two.

“We have had lots of people who already have diabetes asking for advice about what services are available to them, while we have been giving people risk assessments for Type Two at a rate of about 100 a day.

“By identifying those who are at high risk, we are putting them in a position where they can start getting the information and support they need to help prevent it and make changes to their lifestyle.

“There has also been lots of interest in the Active Health Programme that we have been offering in partnership with MEND.”

The road show aimed to raise awareness of risk factors for Type 2 diabetes, which include being overweight or having a large waist, being aged over 40 and having a close relative with diabetes.

Diabetes UK staff offered Wiganers free diabetes risk assessment tests, which indicate a person’s risk of developing Type Two diabetes in the next 10 years.

If the risk was moderate to high, people will be referred to their GP for further advice or tests.

In attendance on Friday was the MP for Wigan Lisa Nandy and the Mayor of Wigan, Coun Joy Birch.

Ms Nandy said: “It is really good that Diabetes UK is here today. I’ve had a great time at the road show and it is good to see so many people from Wigan are finding out their risk of developing Type Two diabetes, as the condition is so widespread.

“I am really impressed by Diabetes UK’s new brand and their big blue bus can’t be missed.”