'Concerning' number of Weymouth residents at risk of diabetes

'Concerning' number of Weymouth residents with diabetes risk

'Concerning' number of Weymouth residents with diabetes risk

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MORE than 60 percent of people tested in Weymouth have been found to be at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes UK held a Healthy Lifestyle Roadshow in the town this week.

Of the 222 people seen, 64 percent were referred to their doctor for further tests.

Diabetes UK says some of those people may find they already have the condition, which can go undiagnosed for years.

Phaedra Perry, Diabetes UK South West regional manager, said: “It’s obviously very concerning that so many people in Weymouth have been identified as moderate or high risk of Type 2 diabetes, particularly as there are already 37,000 people diagnosed with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes in Dorset.

“But our roadshow has given them a chance to get help from their doctor and hopefully to take a serious look at their health.

“Being overweight is one of the main risk factors of Type 2 diabetes but it’s not the only one. Some people will be at risk of the condition because of their age, ethnicity or family history. But weight is the one thing you can do something about. So whether you have other risk factors or not, it is a smart move to look closely at your lifestyle habits and do all you can to keep at a healthy weight, eat well and be physically active. Even small changes can make a big difference.”

Anyone who couldn’t attend the roadshow can find out their risk online at bupa.co.uk/diabetesriskscore.

For more information, visit diabetes.org.uk

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1:11pm Wed 23 Jul 14

JoeyJo says...

222 participants does not constitute a valid sample. It is likely that many of those who did the test suspected that they may be high risk, e.g. know that they are overweight.
222 participants does not constitute a valid sample. It is likely that many of those who did the test suspected that they may be high risk, e.g. know that they are overweight. JoeyJo
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1:44pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Parkstreetshufle says...

60% of people in Weymouth couldn't care less about their health - until the doctor tells them something is drastically wrong.
Maybe if we encouraged sports and exercise rather than driving and drinking?
60% of people in Weymouth couldn't care less about their health - until the doctor tells them something is drastically wrong. Maybe if we encouraged sports and exercise rather than driving and drinking? Parkstreetshufle
  • Score: 7

2:51pm Wed 23 Jul 14

FerryFan says...

I live in Bournemouth and we had either this roadshow or similar in the Square a few years ago. I wasn't happy at their use of BMI (body mass index for thosecwho don't know what BMI is) as I think it is flawed and too many people from children to adults are being told they are obese due to this BMI measurement system. I am no Kate Moss but not obese neither,

I am very fussy about healthy eating and although I have my moments I steer clear of most of the unhealthy stuff. And I only have a couple of drinks a year and don't smoke. Am in my 50s, do a lot of exercise and am as fit I was in my 20s except I'm a different shape, lol. Yet I copped a lecture on my BMI, I am probably fitter than the person with the tape measure!!! I have several members of my family with Type 2, so far I do not have it.

I don't want to sound too virtuous, I have my foibles the same as everyone else, I can be very lazy and my moments mentioned above probably contribute to my shape. But I do resent the BMI system of measuring someone's health, especially when it means children of perfectly healthy build are labelled obese by some person with a set of scales who knows nothing of the lifestyles of those children.

Rant over. Apologies if I come across a bit of a healthy goodie goodie, believe me I'm not, I just try and avoid some of the health problems that have beset my family.
I live in Bournemouth and we had either this roadshow or similar in the Square a few years ago. I wasn't happy at their use of BMI (body mass index for thosecwho don't know what BMI is) as I think it is flawed and too many people from children to adults are being told they are obese due to this BMI measurement system. I am no Kate Moss but not obese neither, I am very fussy about healthy eating and although I have my moments I steer clear of most of the unhealthy stuff. And I only have a couple of drinks a year and don't smoke. Am in my 50s, do a lot of exercise and am as fit I was in my 20s except I'm a different shape, lol. Yet I copped a lecture on my BMI, I am probably fitter than the person with the tape measure!!! I have several members of my family with Type 2, so far I do not have it. I don't want to sound too virtuous, I have my foibles the same as everyone else, I can be very lazy and my moments mentioned above probably contribute to my shape. But I do resent the BMI system of measuring someone's health, especially when it means children of perfectly healthy build are labelled obese by some person with a set of scales who knows nothing of the lifestyles of those children. Rant over. Apologies if I come across a bit of a healthy goodie goodie, believe me I'm not, I just try and avoid some of the health problems that have beset my family. FerryFan
  • Score: 2

3:13pm Wed 23 Jul 14

cj07589 says...

Parkstreetshufle wrote:
60% of people in Weymouth couldn't care less about their health - until the doctor tells them something is drastically wrong.
Maybe if we encouraged sports and exercise rather than driving and drinking?
You are absolutely spot on, more activity, sports and reduce consuming alcohol and junk foods is the sensible approach not that the slobs will take any blind notice.
All commonsense stuff really.
[quote][p][bold]Parkstreetshufle[/bold] wrote: 60% of people in Weymouth couldn't care less about their health - until the doctor tells them something is drastically wrong. Maybe if we encouraged sports and exercise rather than driving and drinking?[/p][/quote]You are absolutely spot on, more activity, sports and reduce consuming alcohol and junk foods is the sensible approach not that the slobs will take any blind notice. All commonsense stuff really. cj07589
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3:20pm Wed 23 Jul 14

JACKC says...

Good luck getting an appointment at your GP then!
Good luck getting an appointment at your GP then! JACKC
  • Score: 1

3:42pm Wed 23 Jul 14

February1948 says...

cj07589 wrote:
Parkstreetshufle wrote: 60% of people in Weymouth couldn't care less about their health - until the doctor tells them something is drastically wrong. Maybe if we encouraged sports and exercise rather than driving and drinking?
You are absolutely spot on, more activity, sports and reduce consuming alcohol and junk foods is the sensible approach not that the slobs will take any blind notice. All commonsense stuff really.
And if they do take notice, it'll be somebody else's fault!
[quote][p][bold]cj07589[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Parkstreetshufle[/bold] wrote: 60% of people in Weymouth couldn't care less about their health - until the doctor tells them something is drastically wrong. Maybe if we encouraged sports and exercise rather than driving and drinking?[/p][/quote]You are absolutely spot on, more activity, sports and reduce consuming alcohol and junk foods is the sensible approach not that the slobs will take any blind notice. All commonsense stuff really.[/p][/quote]And if they do take notice, it'll be somebody else's fault! February1948
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4:50pm Wed 23 Jul 14

WykeReg says...

I have been conducting research over many, many decades into the human condition. This, my life's work, shows that 100% of people die one day. This is devastating news and I want to know what the NHS is going to do about it. This must not be allowed to continue.
I have been conducting research over many, many decades into the human condition. This, my life's work, shows that 100% of people die one day. This is devastating news and I want to know what the NHS is going to do about it. This must not be allowed to continue. WykeReg
  • Score: 2

6:19pm Wed 23 Jul 14

TenBobDylanThomasHardy says...

Speaking as a victim of Type 1 I resent being included in the statistics quoted above;
"...particularly as there are already 37,000 people diagnosed with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes in Dorset. "
There is no known association of Lifestyle with Type 1 Diabetes.
Speaking as a victim of Type 1 I resent being included in the statistics quoted above; "...particularly as there are already 37,000 people diagnosed with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes in Dorset. " There is no known association of Lifestyle with Type 1 Diabetes. TenBobDylanThomasHardy
  • Score: 5

10:48pm Wed 23 Jul 14

JamesYoung says...

The legacy of decades of misinformation about healthy diets. Saturated fats removed from foods and sugar added. Even as saturated fat consumption reduced, obesity increased. Only recently has the medical profession started to accept that saturated fat is not linked with cancer or heart disease.
For many it is already too late.
The legacy of decades of misinformation about healthy diets. Saturated fats removed from foods and sugar added. Even as saturated fat consumption reduced, obesity increased. Only recently has the medical profession started to accept that saturated fat is not linked with cancer or heart disease. For many it is already too late. JamesYoung
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8:23am Thu 24 Jul 14

FerryFan says...

Artificial sweeteners trick your body into thinking it has had sugar, and your body prepares its digestive hrmones to deal with sugar, when it realises it is fake sugar and not the real deal then you will crave sweet things. I didn't believe it at first, but have since noticed that after eating anything with an artificial sweetener in, I crave sugary things, so I try and avoid anything with artificial sweeteners in. Glucose fructose syrup is another baddie.

My post above in a way doesn't make sense reading it back to myself, I said that I eat healthily but my own eating habits are probably responsible for me not having the best of body shape. I should say that I mean I have had my problems as I have gotten older in trying to fight the spread and the menopause had a fair bit to say too - but managed to rein it in - eventually. And I fell into the trap above of the artificial sweeteners, gave them up, a lot better!!
Artificial sweeteners trick your body into thinking it has had sugar, and your body prepares its digestive hrmones to deal with sugar, when it realises it is fake sugar and not the real deal then you will crave sweet things. I didn't believe it at first, but have since noticed that after eating anything with an artificial sweetener in, I crave sugary things, so I try and avoid anything with artificial sweeteners in. Glucose fructose syrup is another baddie. My post above in a way doesn't make sense reading it back to myself, I said that I eat healthily but my own eating habits are probably responsible for me not having the best of body shape. I should say that I mean I have had my problems as I have gotten older in trying to fight the spread and the menopause had a fair bit to say too - but managed to rein it in - eventually. And I fell into the trap above of the artificial sweeteners, gave them up, a lot better!! FerryFan
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