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Series of roadshows across East Berkshire to raise awareness of Type 2 Diabetes

Healthcare professionals across East Berkshire have joined forces to host a series of roadshows to help raise awareness of, and help prevent, Type 2 Diabetes – a largely preventable condition through lifestyle and nutritional changes.

The roadshows will take place next month and will support the national ‘Diabetes Prevention Week’ campaign which runs from 1-7 April.

Nationally led by NHS England, Diabetes UK and Public Health, the campaign aims to make people aware of the causes, risks and complications of Type 2 Diabetes and how, in many cases, it can be preventable.

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 hope to achieve this as part of a wider, on-going long-term plan.

The first roadshow takes place on Tuesday 2 April inside Unit 59/61 (the old Next store), situated within the Nicholson’s shopping centre in Maidenhead. The second roadshow will take place the following day – 3 April – at The Curve, Slough. The final event will take place on Saturday 6 April at the Princess Square Shopping centre (opposite Sally Hair and Beauty) in Bracknell. All roadshows will run from 10am to 4pm.

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 diabetes prevention service in Berkshire) will jointly run the events which will be free for people to attend – no booking required.

Residents, shoppers and passers-by can pop along to find out if they run the risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes by speaking to healthcare professionals. Those identified, and who are eligible, will then be offered a free referral to the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NDPP) which looks at changing people’s behaviour to help reduce their risks of developing the condition. For anyone who is unable to attend one of 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

To date, over 1,600 residents living in East Berkshire have been identified and referred onto the NDPP with over 500 people actively engaged on the programme.

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.

“I’m hoping that people will pop in to one of our events to learn more about their health and risk of developing diabetes Type 2, so that together we can help reduce people’s risk of going onto develop the condition.”

Liz Fowler, Regional manager for the NDPP in Berkshire, said: “Type 2 Diabetes represents 90% of all diabetes in patients and it is largely caused by lifestyle factors which can be modified. Our patient led programme focuses on providing lifestyle and nutritional information in 121 and group sessions, as well as help and support on how to increase physical activity levels.

“The Diabetes Prevention Programme is delivered by our specially trained health and wellbeing coaches; participants learn how to reduce their risk of developing diabetes by incorporating healthier eating, physical activity, problem-solving, stress-reduction and coping skills into their daily lives. It empowers individuals to take charge of their health and wellbeing and maintain these positive changes for life.”

Jill Steaton, Regional Head in the South East for Diabetes UK, said: “This series of roadshows will really help local people make the right choices and reduce their risk of developing diabetes. Making small changes to your lifestyle now can make a big impact on your future health. You can reduce your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and the risk of serious complications that can come with it. That’s why we’re working with the NHS on this important initiative to help support local people to reduce their risk.”

A short video has been created to help create awareness of, and help prevent, Type 2 Diabetes featuring Dr Nanda and Liz Fowler. Please click here.

For more information about the roadshow taking place in Maidenhead, click here; in Slough, click here; and in Bracknell, click here.

Note to editor: Dr Nanda is available for media interviews tomorrow (12/3) between 12.30pm and 1.30pm. To arrange, please contact Anamika Bansal, Communications and Engagement manager, on 01753 636 836.