Know Your Risk Roadshow in Coventry and Rugby will raise awareness of Type 2 diabetes
The people of Coventry and Rugby are being invited to find out for free their risk of getting Type 2 diabetes and how to reduce it. Diabetes UK has organised the roadshow, kindly sponsored by NHS Coventry and Rugby Commissioning Group (CRCCG) and the Coventry City Council (CCC), which rolls into town on Sunday 11 June at the Foleshill Children’s Centre, Foleshill Road, Coventry and Monday 12 June, Broadgate, City Centre Coventry.
Diabetes is one of the UK’s biggest health crises, and it’s on the rise. Some 4.5 million people in the UK are living with diabetes, and 11.9 million in the UK are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Its impact and complications can be devastating, causing blindness, amputations, even early death.
Despite these huge numbers, fewer than two in five people think that they or their close family are likely to get diabetes. They aren't concerned about diabetes, and they don't understand or know what it is.
Leading charity Diabetes UK is aiming to change this, to make people sit up and take notice during Diabetes Week, which is taking place from Sunday 11 June to Saturday 17 June. The charity’s theme for Diabetes Week 2017, ‘Know Diabetes, Fight Diabetes’, reflects this call for change, asking others to join the campaign to make it happen.
Visitors to the Know Your Risk Roadshows in Coventry can find out their risk of Type 2 diabetes, free of charge, by answering some simple questions and having their height, weight and waist measured.
Peter Shorrick, Diabetes UK Regional Head in the West Midlands, said: “Three out of five cases of Type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed if people take action. At the Know Your Risk Roadshow, people in the Coventry and Rugby area can have a private chat with our friendly volunteers and a dietician who can help you identify small changes to make now that could improve your future health. Finding out your risk is easy. There are no blood tests and it doesn’t take long, but it could be the most important thing you do that day.”
Jenni Northcote, Chief Strategy and Primary Care Officer at NHS Coventry and Rugby CCG, said: “We’re looking forward to meeting as many people as possible at both events. By offering health checks at events like this it can help to pick up any lifestyle factors that may increase someone’s risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. If risks are identified early and changes are made towards a healthier lifestyle, the risk of developing diabetes can be much reduced.
“Diabetes is an increasing problem across the country and we need to act now to improve the situation. Type 2 diabetes is a very serious health condition that can cause long-term health problems. It can lead to blindness, kidney failure, loss of a limb, and makes you five times more likely to have a heart attack or stroke. It’s very important that you find out early if you are at risk of type 2 diabetes because it is possible to lower your risk of, or even stop you, developing the diabetes.”
Acting Director for Public Health at Coventry City Council, Liz Gaulton, said: “The West Midlands has a very high prevalence of people living with Diabetes so we are proud to have been able to work in partnership with the CCG and Diabetes UK to make sure we are doing something to really raise awareness of the condition.
“I urge people to come along to the event to find out the information you need to know. You will also get the opportunity to enjoy some of the activities taking place with others in the community.”
Unlike Type 1 diabetes which is not linked to lifestyle and cannot be prevented, the most important risk factor for developing Type 2 diabetes is being overweight especially for those who are large around their middle. This is something people can do something about by maintaining a healthy weight through eating a healthy diet and taking regular exercise.
Other risk factors for Type 2 diabetes, which cannot be changed, are ethnicity – being South Asian, African-Caribbean, Black African – being aged over 40 (or over 25 if you are South Asian), and having a parent, child, brother or sister who has diabetes.
For anyone who can’t attend the Know Your Risk roadshow in Coventry, you can find out your risk of Type 2 diabetes online at diabetes.org.uk/knowyourrisk. For more information about diabetes, visit www.diabetes.org.uk.
For more information about local support services in Coventry, see our Diabetes support groups.