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Diabetes Week 2012

30 May 2012

Diabetes Week is Diabetes UK's annual UK-wide awareness and fundraising week and runs from 10 to 16 June 2012.

Diabetes 'Healthy Lifestyle' Campaign Roadshow

Diabetes is serious, if left untreated it can lead to blindness, kidney failure, heart disease, stroke and other life-threatening complications. Many people with diabetes have had it for between nine and 12 years before it is diagnosed. By this time many of these people will have started to develop some of the complications. The good news is that if you spot your diabetes early you can greatly reduce the risk of serious health problems.

Diabetes UK say there are 2.8 Million people in the UK with Diabetes and 850,000 people have Type 2 Diabetes but don't know it. That's an increase from the half a million people in the UK who had Type 2 diabetes, but didn't know it in 2006. Today over 3.7 million people in the UK are living with diabetes, and there are a further 7 million people at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

'Measure Up' Campaign

Not all people with diabetes are over weight but the stats show that over 80% of people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes are overweight. The more overweight and the more inactive you are the greater your risk. If you don't know whether you're overweight, ask your GP to measure your BMI.

Your waist - Women: if your waist measures 31.5in (80cm) or more you've got an increased risk. Men: if you're white or black and your waist is 37in (94cm) or more you have an increased risk of developing diabetes; if you're an Asian man the figure is 35in (90cm) or more.

'Healthy Lifestyle' Campaign Roadshows

During 2012 Diabetes UK plan to bring their 'Healthy Lifestyle Roadshow' to over 100 locations across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. People attending a roadshow will:

  • Receive a free Type 2 diabetes risk assessment,
  • Have a chat with experts,
  • Join in with the physical activity zone,
  • pick up a free fruit.

The aim is to risk assess 15,000 - 20,000 people to determine their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, referring those at 'moderate' or 'high' risk to their GP for further tests. As well as providing general information about Type 2 diabetes, the Roadshows provide important advice about how leading a healthy lifestyle can reduce the Diabetes risk.