GP referrals follow diabetes roadshow

From left: Diabetes UK North Devon Voluntary Group chairman Ken Baker, Diabetes UK volunteer Frances

From left: Diabetes UK North Devon Voluntary Group chairman Ken Baker, Diabetes UK volunteer Frances Freer, Mayor Lesley Brown, Diabetes UK volunteer Lyn Hill, and Diabetes UK volunteer development support officer Musetta Lench. - Credit: Archant

Nearly half of the people assessed at the healthy living roadshow earlier this month were sent to their GP for further advice.

A Barnstaple event organised by Diabetes UK and BUPA referred almost half of the people they assessed to their GP last week.

The healthy lifestyle roadshow was in North Devon earlier this month to offer free advice and Type 2 diabetes risk assessment.

Of the 121 people they assessed, 58 were classed as having a ‘moderate to high’ risk of diabetes and referred to their doctor for further advice.

Graham Cooper, Diabetes UK South West Regional Manager said: “Diabetes is one of the biggest health challenges facing the UK today. It’s frightening that there are almost 17,900 people in Devon that have Type 2 diabetes but have no idea they do.”

Research from Diabetes UK suggests that up to 80 per cent of Type 2 diabetes cases could be prevented by small lifestyle changes, and volunteers were on hand to offer advice on the importance of a healthy diet and exercise.

Helen Vaughan Jones, Director of Corporate Affairs for Bupa UK, said she was pleased with the positive response to the roadshow in Barnstaple.

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“We strongly believe that prevention is key, so it’s essential to empower people to make the simple lifestyle choices that can have significant health benefits,” she said.

“But if Type 2 diabetes is left untreated or blood glucose levels are not well managed, the condition can result in serious health complications.”

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