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Make a weighty New Year’s resolution

Diabetes UK is encouraging people with a large waist to make a New Year’s resolution of living a healthier lifestyle and doing more physical activity in 2008 to reduce their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

A Diabetes UK survey out today reveals one in three of us in the UK, some 20 million people, have a waist measurement that could mean we are at risk of Type 2 diabetes (37 inches or more for men, or 35 inches or more for men of South Asian origin, and 31.5 inches or more for all women). Of those, 70 per cent know being overweight and inactive increases the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

“Our survey shows that people know a healthy lifestyle is important in lessening their chances of developing Type 2 diabetes," said Douglas Smallwood, Chief Executive of Diabetes UK.

"We are calling on everyone with an at-risk waist measurement to take our New Year challenge by aiming to eat healthier foods and doing a bit more physical activity each day.

“Type 2 diabetes is a serious condition that can lead to complications including blindness, heart disease, kidney damage and amputation. We want anyone who could reduce their chances of developing the condition to make a New Year’s resolution to make small changes that could make a big difference in the long run.”

Diabetes UK wants to find the estimated 750,000 people in the UK who have Type 2 diabetes but don’t know it. The charity is urging everyone with an at-risk waist measurement to go to their doctor for a simple diabetes test if they are also over 40, or 25 for people of Black and South Asian origin, and/or have a family history of Type 2 diabetes, and/or have had a heart attack or stroke.

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