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Diabetes UK on the road - first stop Southampton

The Diabetes UK ‘Measure Up’ roadshow 2007 kicks off in Southampton town centre on 29 and 30 August. The roadshow bus will be outside the Bargate Shopping Centre from 9am to 5pm.

The Measure Up campaign aims to help identify people who have Type 2 diabetes but don't know it. Diabetes UK is urging people with at least two risk factors to visit the roadshow and get tested.

Risk factors for Type 2 diabetes include:

  • Having a large waist - 37 inches or more for men, except those of South Asian origin who are at risk at 35 inches or more, and 31.5 inches or more for all women.
  • Being overweight.
  • Being aged over 40, or 25 for people of Black and South Asian origin.
  • Having a family history of Type 2 diabetes.

“It is a tragedy that thousands of people are going about their daily lives unaware they have a condition that puts them at greater risk of heart disease, blindness, kidney failure and amputations," said Jill Steaton, South West Regional Manager at Diabetes UK.

"By the time people are diagnosed, around half already have signs of complications.”

TV’s Dr Hilary Jones said, “The Measure Up campaign is vital in raising awareness of Type 2 diabetes amongst the 750,000 people in the UK who don't know they have a serious condition.

“As a doctor, I see the devastating effects that diabetes can cause, such as heart disease, kidney failure and blindness. Good diabetes control can reduce the risk of developing such complications and many people with diabetes live full and healthy lives.

“But this can only happen if people are diagnosed early enough. The sooner people are diagnosed, the sooner they can start taking control of their diabetes and their lives.

"The Measure Up roadshow is coming to Southampton city centre on 29 and 30 August. I would urge anyone who thinks they're at risk of Type 2 diabetes to go along and get tested.

“Diabetes UK staff and healthcare professionals will be on hand to provide information and answer any questions.”

‘Measure Up’ is supported by an educational grant from sanofi-aventis.

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