MP takes up the diabetes challenge

Mark Lancaster MP with the Diabetes Roadshow staff
Mark Lancaster MP with the Diabetes Roadshow staff

The Diabetes Roadshow rolled into Milton Keynes last week with a clear message - prevention is key.

Milton Keynes North MP, Mark Lancaster took part in the Type 2 diabetes challenge and after standing on the scales, a quick measurement of the waist and a couple of very simple questions, Mr Lancaste walked away confident that he had been diagnosed as low risk.

Records show that 3.2 million people in the UK are living with diabetes and 90 per cent of them have Type 2 diabetes. The charity, Diabetes UK estimate another 590,000 people have Type 2 diabetes but are completely unaware.

The good news is that by getting active and eating well four out of five people can make the changes needed to prevent or, at the very least, delay getting Type 2 diabetes.

Mr Lancaster said: “I was amazed how simple the tests were and how many people are potentially at risk.

“With a sensible diet, a little regular exercise and of course, taking the test, will help to reduce your chances of contracting the potentially dangerous condition.”