The Diabetes UK Roadshow that took place in Manchester, as part of Diabetes Week, on 10 to 14 June was a resounding success.
The roadshow gave local people an opportunity to learn more about diabetes and its potentially life-threatening complications: 735 visitors had a test on site, 125 of whom were directed to have follow up tests. A staggering 5650 pieces of literature giving handy diabetes unformation were also distributed.
Providing visitors with information on diabetes
For the event, Diabetes UK had teamed up with the organisers of the latest exhibition by anatomist Dr Gunther von Hagens, Body Worlds 4: The Original Exhibition of Real Human Bodies.The exhibition is currently taking place at Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI). Visitors to the Body Worlds 4 exhibition were also be able to access a Diabetes UK stand within the exhibition grounds to receive information about the condition.
Increasing public awareness of diabetes
“As the number of people diagnosed with diabetes in the UK keeps increasing, we need to make sure that we raise awareness of how serious the condition is", said Julie Byron, Diabetes UK North West Regional Manager."The roadshow was a fantastic opportunity for people in Manchester to get tested to see if they could have diabetes."We were also delighted to have had the support of Body Worlds 4 and MOSI to bring information to the public on diabetes and its complications, such as heart disease, stroke, amputation, kidney disease and blindness.”