Diabetes UK has been awarded £413,722 from the Big Lottery Fund to support the charity’s Healthy Lifestyle Roadshow in England for the next two years. Diabetes UK will work with the social enterprise MEND (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition....Do it!) to raise awareness of Type 2 diabetes and help identify the 700,000 people who do not know they have the condition.
The generous funding will allow Diabetes UK to visit 70 of the most 'at risk' locations throughout England to offer people advice about healthy lifestyles.
Risk factors for Type 2 diabetes
The Roadshow will inform people about risk factors for Type 2 diabetes including having a large waist, being over 40 years old, being of Black or South Asian origin and having a family history of the condition. At risk waist measurements are 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.
Free risk assessments
Diabetes UK staff will offer free diabetes risk assessment tests which predicts a person’s risk of developing Type 2 diabetes in the next ten years. If this risk is moderate to high, people will be referred to their GP for further advice or tests. This year, Diabetes UK’s Roadshow programme carried out 15,168 risk assessments and nearly half of those people were referred to their local GP.
Barbara Young, Chief Executive of Diabetes UK, said: “This funding will enable Diabetes UK to take our Roadshows across England aiming to identify some of the estimated 700,000 people undiagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, which if not managed effectively can lead to serious complications like stroke, heart disease, kidney failure and blindness. We will be raising awareness of how healthy living can reduce people’s risk of the condition.”
People will also be able to register for free healthy lifestyle programmes from MEND, who will support them in their goals to manage their weight and improve their level of general health.
Diabetes UK will continue to support the Roadshow in Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.
The Big Lottery Fund distributes half of the National Lottery good cause funding across the UK. The Fund is committed to bringing real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need.
Find out about MEND (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition...Do it!) from their website at:www.mendprogramme.org.