Shoppers found to be at diabetes risk at health roadshow

The Diabetes Roadshow came to Eastbournes Terminus Road. Experts on hand with advice were (L to R): Felicia Jones and Kevin Evis of Diabetes UK, Angela Chin NHS Health Trainer, Dr Charu Kartik Senior Dietician and Debbie Baldwin from Tesco. July 9th 2013 E28226P

The Diabetes Roadshow came to Eastbournes Terminus Road. Experts on hand with advice were (L to R): Felicia Jones and Kevin Evis of Diabetes UK, Angela Chin NHS Health Trainer, Dr Charu Kartik Senior Dietician and Debbie Baldwin from Tesco. July 9th 2013 E28226P

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The Healthy Living roadshow in Eastbourne’s town centre has referred 139 people to their doctor after they were found to be at risk of type two diabetes.

Diabetes UK worked with Bupa to offer free diabetes risk assessment tests to 226 people in Terminus Road last week.

The tests identified their risk of developing type two diabetes now and in the next ten years.

This week the charity has revealed that 139 people were referred to their GP for further advice, as their risk of diabetes was moderate to high.

The roadshow also offered advice and encouragement on lifestyle changes, such as adopting a healthy diet low in fat, salt and sugar and taking regular physical activity.

Jill Steaton, south east regional manager for Diabetes UK, said, “Diabetes is one of the biggest health challenges facing the UK today.

“Today we’ve been available to help people find out more about their own personal risk, as well as providing valuable information and advice which we hope will help them live more healthily.”

Do the test online at www.diabetes.org.uk/roadshow/riskscore1.

Anyone found to at risk should then see their GP.