The Know Your Risk – Diabetes UK Roadshow bus is visiting Loughborough to raise awareness about the condition and offer free check ups.
Type 2 diabetes is a condition in which the body cannot properly regulate blood sugar levels. It can be managed with lifestyle changes. The symptoms of undiagnosed diabetes include: urinating frequently, feeling very thirsty or tired, unexplained weight loss, wounds that heal slowly and blurred vision.
If diabetes is not diagnosed and managed the symptoms can get worse. It can lead to complications such as heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness or amputation. However, with careful management, people with this form of diabetes can live healthy lives.
The roadshow is helping people to find out their risk of Type 2 diabetes and get advice and information about healthy eating and lifestyle. There are an increasing number of people with the condition. This is thought to be related to lifestyle factors. Diabetes UK say that more than 8,000 people in Leicestershire have Type 2 diabetes but are unaware of their condition.
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 West Leicestershire, almost 20,000 people are living with diabetes and it is estimated that a further 1,848 people have diabetes but don’t know it yet because they have yet to be diagnosed.
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Paul Dawson has diabetes and says he wants to help others with the condition.