Diabetes checks are up in Milton Keynes but more needs to be done

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Diabetes UK have warned that more than 3,200 people are living with undiagnosed type 2 diabetes in Milton Keynes.

A new report by the charity found that 7.7 per cent of people aged 40 to 74 received an NHS Health Check during March to December 2013. This is above the England average of 6.4 per cent.

An NHS Health Check, which was introduced in Milton Keynes last year, assesses the risk of type 2 diabetes and other chronic conditions.

The report, called NHS Health Checks in Local Authorities, shows that just over 5,000 people in Milton Keynes had one of the checks in the first nine months of the programme,

Diabetes UK said that despite the positive progress in Milton Keynes, they believe that 3,200 residents are living with undiagnosed type 2 diabetes.

Jill Steaton, Diabetes UK’s regional manager for the south east, said: “NHS Health Checks have the potential to make a big difference to the health of people in the area because letting people know they are at high risk of Type 2 diabetes is a crucial first step towards making the lifestyle changes that can help prevent it.

“It is also likely to identify people with undiagnosed Type 2 diabetes earlier, which means they can start getting the support and healthcare they need to have the best possible chance of a long and healthy life.

“While progress is being made in Milton Keynes, we really hope to see even more people being offered the check”