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Health roadshow reveals over 50 per cent of people tested in Bromley run risk of diabetes

PUBLISHED: 13:11 05 September 2013 | UPDATED: 13:12 05 September 2013

Mohmadzafar Rushnaiwala, who works in Bromley town centre.

Mohmadzafar Rushnaiwala, who works in Bromley town centre.

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More than 130 people were referred to their doctors as being at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes during a Healthy Lifestyle Roadshow in Bromley last week.

Diabetes UK and Bupa gave free risk assessment tests to 229 people in the borough to identify risk of developing the condition in the next 10 years.

By the end of the two-day visit, 131 people were referred to their GPs for further advice - more than half of those tested.

Mohmadzafar Rushnaiwala, 34, was one of those referred to his GP. He said: “The risk assessment was an eye opener. I have learned that my wasit circumference is too high and my BMI is high.

“Coming from India originally, I have to be careful because of my diet. There is also a family history of diabetes, my mother and father both have Type 2 diabetes.”

More than 13,000 people have been diagnosed with diabetes in Bromley.

Roz Rosenblatt, London Regional Manager for Diabetes UK, said: “Diabetes is a serious, lifelong condition and the number of people living with it is on the rise.

“The first step to stopping this increase is making people aware of what they can do to prevent Type 2 diabetes. We want to let them know that we are here to support them make the changes they need.”

Those who missed the roadshow can still test their risk online, visit diabetes.org.uk/roadshow/riskscore1.

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