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Roadshows aimed at preventing Type 2 Diabetes attract over 250 people across East Berkshire

More than 250 people across East Berkshire attended a series of roadshows aimed at increasing awareness and preventing Type 2 Diabetes – a largely preventable condition through lifestyle and nutritional changes.

With millions across England at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, it is essential that the NHS and its partners do everything they can locally to help prevent it before it develops. The roadshows form part of an on-going long-term plan locally.

The events took place between Tuesday 2 April and Saturday 6 April at the Nicholson’s shopping centre in Maidenhead; The Curve in Slough; and Princess Square shopping centre in Bracknell.

Of the 270 people who attended and engaged with healthcare professionals, 77 went on to complete the Diabetes UK ‘Know Your Risk’ assessment which helps to identify peoples risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes. For anyone who was unable to attend the events, they can find out their risk of Type 2 Diabetes by using the Diabetes UK Know Your Risk Score at https://riskscore.diabetes.org.uk/start

Dr Nithya Nanda, Diabetes Clinical lead for the CCG, said: “Diabetes is an emerging epidemic and is one of the biggest healthcare challenges of our time.

“Around nine out of 10 people with diabetes have Type 2 Diabetes which causes the level of sugar (glucose) in the body to become too high. It can cause symptoms like excessive thirst, needing to urinate frequently and tiredness. It can cause serious long-term health conditions and is the leading cause of sight loss and lower limb amputation, and can contribute to kidney failure, heart attack and stroke.

He added: “Diabetes and its complications cost over £6 billion every year to treat and one in six patients in hospital now has diabetes.

“Although Type 2 Diabetes can be hereditary, there is strong evidence that its onset can be prevented or delayed in those who are at high risk, through improved quality of diet, an increase in physical activity and through successful weight loss, where appropriate.”

Marriyah Shakoor, The Diabetes Prevention Co-ordinator for East Berkshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), who led the events, said: “We would like to thank everyone for attending and hope that the events proved valuable in raising awareness of, and preventing, Type 2 Diabetes.

“We would also like to extend our gratitude to our providers, services and volunteers who worked alongside us.”

Teams from NHS East Berkshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG); Public Health Bracknell; Public Health Slough; Public Health Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead; Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust (BHFT); Diabetes UK and ICS Health & Wellbeing (who deliver the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NDPP) in Berkshire) jointly ran the events which supported the national ‘Diabetes Prevention Week’ campaign which ran from 1-7 April.

To date, over 1,600 residents living in East Berkshire have been identified and referred onto the NDPP with over 600 people actively engaged on the programme.

Note to editor: Pic L to R: Pic from 1st roadshow in Maidenhead; Pic 2  Deputy Mayor Cllr Cheema and Dr Nithya Nanda join healthcare professionals  during Slough’s event; and Pic 3 Bracknell’s Town Mayor, Councillor Sandra Ingham, joins others in Princess Square.