Diabetes bus comes to town...

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

Friday, 24th June 2016, 6:00 am
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 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.’

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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.