Diabetes roadshow reveals numbers at risk in Bedford developing the condition

Thomas and Kathleen Mellon from Bedford, who took part in a diabetes roadshow.
Thomas and Kathleen Mellon from Bedford, who took part in a diabetes roadshow.

A health event held in Bedford found that 118 people were at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

The Healthy Lifestyle Roadshow run by Diabetes UK and Bupa saw 205 people, with 57 per cent being referred to their doctor for further tests and support due to the possiblity of developing the condition.

A dietitian was also on site to offer advice on achieving a healthy balanced diet, and an activity zone was available zone which encouraged people to get moving.

Husband and wife Thomas and Kathleen Mellon, from Bedford, visited the roadshow on Wednesday, July 9.

Thomas’ risk score of 81 put him at moderate risk while Kathleen scored 77 meaning she was at increased risk. Anyone at moderate or high risk is given a letter for their GP to explain the assessment and visit the doctor to have further tests if necessary.

Thomas said: “Kathleen and I thought the roadshow in Bedford was great especially being in the High Street so you could just pop in and have a risk assessment with no appointment. I will now take my letter to the doctor so I can discuss with him how to further reduce my risk and the information provided by Diabetes UK has also made me think about ways I can introduce some more healthy eating habits.”

Type 2 diabetes is a lifelong condition but people who get diagnosed can go on to manage it well, through healthy eating, physical activity and in some cases medication, and live long and healthy lives. If people are recognised as being at high or moderate risk, they may be able to prevent or delay the development of the condition through lifestyle choices and maintaining a healthy weight.

Being diagnosed early, or being recognised as high or moderate risk, means that people have the opportunity to make healthy lifestyle choices which can help them avoid serious health problems.

Sharon Roberts, Eastern Regional Manager for Diabetes UK said: “It’s obviously very concerning that so many people in Bedford have been identified as moderate or high risk of Type 2 diabetes, particularly as there are already 24,200 people diagnosed with the condition in Bedfordshire. But our roadshow has given them a chance to get help from their doctor and hopefully to take a serious look at their health.”

If you were unable to attend the roadshow in Bedford, you can find out your risk of Type 2 diabetes online at www.bupa.co.uk/diabetesriskscore. If after taking the test you are found to be at moderate or high risk of developing the condition you are requested to visit your GP.

For more information about diabetes, visit: www.diabetes.org.uk. www.bupa.com