Diabetes advice roadshow

A NATIONAL charity is coming to Wigan next week to highlight a growing problem in the area.

Diabetes UK are bringing their roadshow to Wigan’s Market Place next Friday to offer people in the area a free Type 2 diabetes risk assessment to discover whether they are at risk of developing the condition.

An estimated 3,900 people across NHS Ashton, Leigh and Wigan have Type 2 diabetes but do not know it and the roadshow aims to tackle this by highlighting the risk factors and encouraging members of the public to make lifestyle changes.

The roadshow will 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.

At-risk waist measurements are 37 inches or more for men, except those of South Asian origin who are at risk at 35 inches or more, and 31.5 inches or more for all women.

Diabetes UK staff will offer free diabetes risk assessment tests, which indicate a person’s risk of developing Type 2 diabetes in the next 10 years.

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

People can also find out, from an on-site dietitian or a MEND healthy lifestyle champion, how to make positive lifestyle changes by adopting a healthy diet low in fat, salt and sugar and taking regular physical activity.

Julie Byron, North West Regional Manager, said: “There are 850,000 people at risk of developing the condition in England but what is more frightening is that there are around 3,900 people in NHS Ashton, Leigh and Wigan alone that have Type 2 diabetes but have no idea they do.”