A diabetes prevention program in Slough, Berkshire, proved a big success after more than half of those who attended were identified as having a moderate to high risk of type 2 diabetes .
The Healthy Lifestyle Roadshow, organised by charity group Diabetes UK, visited the town last week to offer people free diabetes risk assessments and raise general awareness of the chronic condition, which is closely tied to obesity .
A total of 227 people were checked over two days, and of these, 155 (or 68 per cent) were found to have a moderate to high chance of developing type 2 diabetes, compared to the roadshow’s national average figure of 51 per cent.
Those who were given a diabetes warning were referred to their GP for further advice about type 2 diabetes and the steps they can take to help reduce their risk.
Roadshow staff highlighted the fact that 60 per cent of type 2 diabetes cases could be prevented by simple lifestyle changes, such as increasing physical activity and eating a healthy, balanced diet .
Speaking at the event, Slough Mayor Christine Small, who was given a type 2 diabetes diagnosis in 2007, said: “It’s a fantastic turnout and great to see the diverse community of Slough taking the time to find out if they could be at risk of developing this serious condition.”
According to Diabetes UK, an estimated 4,400 people across Berkshire East have type 2 diabetes but are unaware of their condition.

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