Residents of County Durham are being encouraged to find out
their risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes by taking a free and
simple 5 minutes test, as part of National Diabetes Week (14 - 20
Health specialists from County Durham and Darlington NHS
Foundation Trust will be carrying out the checks in Durham Market
Place next week on Thursday 18th and Friday
19th June, between 10am - 3.30pm.
Stewart Doyle, Health Improvement Specialist for the Trust said:
"It is estimated that one in three residents of County Durham are
at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. In fact many are
likely to develop type 2 diabetes within 3-5 years if steps aren't
taken to prevent it.
"The need for prevention has never been greater. Many people
living in County Durham will be at high risk of developing Type 2
Diabetes and won't even realise it. It only takes 5 minutes to find
out your risk but could save your life."
People are more likely to be at risk of type 2 diabetes if
- Are 45 years of age or old
- Are overweight;
- Have a family history of type 2 diabetes;
- Are physically active fewer than three times per week
The checks are being carried out as part of the Just Beat It!
Programme. A programme providing advice and support on healthy
eating, increasing physical activity, managing stress and helping
to keep those involved motivated and solve problems that can get in
the way of making healthy changes.
Just Beat It! groups meet on a weekly basis to make and maintain
healthy lifestyle changes. The programmes group setting provides a
supportive environment with people who are facing similar
challenges and trying to make the same changes. Together
participants celebrate their successes and find ways to overcome
The programme has supported 65 year old Robert Routledge to make
Robert said: "Before joining the programme I would go for the
odd walk then get back to watching Sky Sports or go to my bedroom
to play some guitar or CDs. My nurse practitioner recommended the
Just Beat it! programme because I was overweight and I felt it was
time I did something about it.
"Joining the programme has had a massive impact on my family
life as I feel I can do a lot more with the grand-children.
"The programme made me realise it is a lot wiser to eat
healthily and sensibly so out went the "junk food" and quick meals
and I started to feel good about myself and want to do a lot more
with my family instead of sitting things out."
To find out more about finding out your risk, the Just Beat It!
programme or to register your interest visit www.impact.cdd.nhs.uk/just-beat-it , email firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 0191 5692847.
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