Know Your Risk: Diabetes UK Roadshow bus to roll into Somerset

The people of Somerset are invited to a free Know Your Risk roadshow where they can find out their risk of getting Type 2 diabetes and get valuable information about how to reduce it.

Diabetes UK has partnered up with Somerset County Council to deliver two roadshows in Somerset.  The first in Yeovil, at the Bandstand on Middle Street on Wednesday 25 March and the second at Street’s Clarks Village, in the car park off Farm Road behind Mountain Warehouse, on Thursday 26 March.

In the UK, there are 11.5 million people at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, and an estimated 2.9 million people already diagnosed with the condition. In Somerset, over 28,000 people are living with diabetes.

Phaedra Perry, Diabetes UK Regional Manager in the South West said: “Four out of five of us can make healthy lifestyle changes that will delay or stop us getting Type 2 diabetes. That’s why we want people in Somerset to come aboard and find out their risk of Type 2 diabetes.  Because once you know your risk, you can do something about it.  For many people, the Know Your Risk roadshow is the first step to turning their health around and delaying or preventing this serious condition.  We estimate there are 6,500 people with undiagnosed Type 2 diabetes living in Somerset.

“There’s nothing scary about our roadshow and no blood tests. Our friendly volunteers and qualified dietitians in Street and Yeovil will take you through a series of questions and measurements to tell you how likely you are to develop Type 2 diabetes over the next ten years.  Finding out your risk doesn’t take long, but could be an important first step on the path to a healthier life.”

“What many people don’t know is that you’re more likely to get Type 2 diabetes if you’re overweight, especially if you have a large tummy, you’re African-Caribbean, Black African, Chinese or South Asian, you’re aged over 40 (or over 25 if you are South Asian) or you have a parent, child, brother or sister with diabetes,” said Phaedra.

Type 2 diabetes is serious and can lead to devastating complications such as heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness or amputation.  But, if managed properly, people with Type 2 diabetes can live long, healthy lives.

Councillor Christine Lawrence, Chair of the Somerset Health and Wellbeing Board, said:  “This is a wonderful opportunity to come along to the Somerset County Council and Diabetes UK Know Your Risk Roadshow bus and find out if you are at risk of Type 2 diabetes.

“Making some small changes to your lifestyle now could make a big difference to your health and wellbeing in the future.  The good news is that for most people, Type 2 diabetes is largely preventable.  Our health advisers will be able to offer you personal advice and information to help you towards a healthier future.”

At the roadshow people will be able to find out more about Healthy Living services available to them in Somerset.  People already diagnosed with either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes can visit us for more information on how to manage the condition.

Anyone who can’t attend the roadshow in Street and Yeovil can find out their risk of Type 2 diabetes online at diabetes.org.uk/knowyourrisk. For more information about diabetes, visit http://www.diabetes.org.uk and follow news about the roadshow with the hashtag #dukroadshow on Twitter.