Out of the 5,389 people who have come for a risk assessment at a Diabetes UK Measure Up Roadshow this year, 51% (2,755) have been referred for an appointment with a GP for further diabetes investigation.
Visitors to the roadshow are asked about their age, ethnic background, blood pressure, and family history of diabetes. They also have their height, weight and waist circumference measured.
The roadshows support Diabetes UK’s highly successful Measure Up campaign, which aims to raise awareness of diabetes, particularly highlighting the link between the risk of Type 2 diabetes and a person’s waist measurement.
Anyone who scores a moderate, high or very high risk is given a letter explaining the results to take to their GP and they are advised to make an appointment for a possible blood test.
“People may have underlying concerns about their health, but may not have followed this up with a GP appointment,” said Libby Dowling, Diabetes UK Care Advisor.
Early diagnosis is vital
She added: “The Diabetes UK Measure Up Roadshows are easy for people to get to, and encourage them to take that next step if they’re at risk. It’s vital that we identify people with Type 2 diabetes early because the condition is associated with a number of serious health problems, including stroke, blindness, heart disease and amputations. Getting treatment early can help to reduce the risk of developing complications.”