MORE than 60 per cent 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, 140 - 64 per cent - 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.”
Diabetes is a common life-long health condition. There are 3.2 million people diagnosed with diabetes in the UK and an estimated 630,000 people who have the condition, but don’t know it.
It is a condition where the amount of glucose in the blood is too high because the body cannot use it properly.
This is because the pancreas doesn’t produce any insulin, or not enough insulin, to help glucose enter the body’s cells – or the insulin that is produced does not work properly.
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