Diabetes bus comes to town...

The Diabetes UK Team encouraging the general public to exercise and eat healthily - Christine Edwards, Chloe Miles, Maria Hull, Charlie Mason and Chelsea Campbell

Picture: Habibur Rahman (160911-4)
The Diabetes UK Team encouraging the general public to exercise and eat healthily - Christine Edwards, Chloe Miles, Maria Hull, Charlie Mason and Chelsea Campbell Picture: Habibur Rahman (160911-4)

Reminder from Portsmouth GP to get prescriptions before bank holiday

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DOZENS of people queued up to find out their risk of getting diabetes.

The KnowYourRisk roadshow came to Portsmouth yesterday, offering help and advice from Diabetes UK.

Events assistant Charlie Mason said: ‘We were really busy. People aren’t necessarily aware of the risk factors so it’s important to get them checked. A whole host of things can put you at risk – age, gender, ethnicity, height, weight and BMI.

‘We can treat and prevent Type 2 diabetes so we want to bring the number down as much as possible.’

Jill Steaton, Diabetes UK’s regional head in the south east, said: ‘In Portsmouth alone 9,901 people are living with Type 2 diabetes.

‘Left untreated, diabetes can cause devastating complications such as amputation, blindness, kidney failure and stroke.’

Mrs Steaton said people can check their risk with a GP at any time to prevent diabetes developing.