Half of roadshow visitors at risk of Type 2 Diabetes

The diabetes advice team outside Barking town hall

The diabetes advice team outside Barking town hall - Credit: Archant

More than half of the people who visited a diabetes roadshow were found to be at risk of developing the condition.

Of the 209 people seen at the hub outside Barking town hall, 115 were referred to their doctor for further tests and support due to their likelihood of developing the condition.

Paul Gillingham, a member of the local Diabetes UK support group, said: “By finding out their risk of getting Type 2 diabetes, some people have taken the first step towards doing something about it.

“For many people, eating more healthily and taking more exercise can delay or stop them from getting Type 2 diabetes. That’s why it’s so important to know your risk.”

A dietician was on site at the mobile site in Clockhouse Avenue on Monday and Wednesday last week to offer advice on a balanced diet.

There was also an activity area with footballs and hula hoops to encourage people to get active.

To find out more, visit diabetes.org.uk