People in Milton Keynes can find out their risk of getting Type 2 diabetes at a roadshow next month.
The Know Your Risk roadshow takes place on September 3 and 4 at Intu, in Midsummer Place in central Milton Keynes.
Milton Keynes mayor Keith McLean will be at the road show on September 3, at noon.
Diabetes UK has partnered up with Tesco to deliver a roadshow tour across the country that aims to reach over 27,000 people with potentially life-changing information over two years.
In Milton Keynes, there are 3,200 people at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, and an estimated 11,500 people already diagnosed with the condition.
Jill Steaton, Diabetes UK south east regional manager said: “Four out of five cases of Type 2 diabetes can be stopped or delayed by eating a healthy diet, taking regular physical activity and maintaining a healthy weight.
“That’s why we want people in Milton Keynes come aboard and find out their risk of Type 2 diabetes so we support them in making the right choices to improve their health.
“Once you know your risk, you can do something about it. For many people, the Know Your Risk roadshow is the first step to turning their health around and delaying or preventing this serious condition.
“There’s nothing scary about our roadshow and no blood tests. Our friendly volunteers and qualified dietitians in Milton Keynes will take you through a series of questions and measurements to tell you how likely you are to develop Type 2 diabetes over the next ten years. Finding out your risk doesn’t take long, but could be an important first step on the path to a healthier life.”
“What many people don’t know is that you’re more likely to get Type 2 diabetes if you’re overweight, especially if you are large around your middle, you’re African-Caribbean, black African, Chinese or south Asian, you’re aged over 40 (or over 25 if you are South Asian) or you have a parent, child, brother or sister with diabetes.”
Anyone who can’t attend the roadshow in Milton Keynes can find out their risk of Type 2 diabetes online at diabetes.org.uk/knowyourrisk. For more information about diabetes, visit www.diabetes.org.uk and follow news about the roadshow with the hashtag #dukroadshow on Twitter.