The Diabetes UK Roadshow came to Reading on 15 September 2006 and was attended by over 800 people.
The Roadshow was a great opportunity to spread the word about the Measure Up campaign, and highlight the fact that many people in the South East are likely to have diabetes and not know it.
On the day celebrity chef Manju Mahli helped raise awareness of the fact that people should measure their waist size to see if they could be at risk of developing diabetes. Manju writes South Asian cookery books and has also appeared on TV food programmes such as BBC’s Saturday Kitchen with Antony Worrall Thompson.
The Thames Valley Chorus, a well-known barbershop chorus, delighted those attending by performing a range of music after one of their members, who has diabetes and is part of a local voluntary group, offered their services.
The Roadshow gave the local community an opportunity to get more information on diabetes. Diabetes UK staff, including a care advisor and a counsellor from the Diabetes UK Careline, were on hand to provide information and support to anyone affected by diabetes.
“Early diagnosis is essential so people can start managing their diabetes to reduce the risk of devastating complications such as heart disease, blindness, kidney failure and amputations," said Jill Steaton, South East Regional Manager at Diabetes UK.
"Currently around half of people with Type 2 diabetes are already showing signs of complications when they are first diagnosed. The Roadshow gave us an opportunity to show that something as simple as measuring your waist size could show whether you have an increased risk of developing diabetes.”