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Free health checks available on World Diabetes Day

The BCHC diabetes team on World Diabetes Day 2013
The BCHC diabetes team on World Diabetes Day 2013

Birmingham Community Healthcare's diabetes team provided free health checks and risk assessments as part of events to mark World Diabetes Day.

The service teamed up with Diabetes UK to raise awareness of Type 2 diabetes and letting people who are already living with diabetes know about the care they should be receiving. 

Birmingham Lord Mayor Councillor Mike Leddy dropped in to visit the team during the morning and Edgbaston MP Gisela Stewart also offered her support.

The Diabetes UK roadshow was parked in Edgbaston on Thursday 14th at the back of the Bullring between Sports Direct and the markets.

Diabetes UK estimates that there are over 10,000 people in Birmingham who already have Type 2 diabetes but do not know it.

By the time they are diagnosed 50 per cent of people with Type 2 diabetes show signs of devastating complications caused by diabetes. Many of these complications such as lower limb amputations, blindness, kidney failure and heart disease can be avoided if a person’s diabetes is well managed.

This is why identifying people at risk of Type 2 diabetes and giving them the advice and support to reduce their risk of developing the condition is vital. Making sure people with Type 2 diabetes are diagnosed before complications can develop is just as important.

On World Diabetes Day, our specialist diabetic healthcare professionals will be offering people free risk assessments to find out their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Dieticians will also be present to offer healthy eating advice, while people already living with diabetes will be able to talk to podiatrists, diabetes specialist nurses, cardiac nurses and health educators.

All people with diabetes, whether Type 1 or Type 2, need to be given the support and help they need so the can manage their condition and remain healthy and free of complications.

For more information about diabetes and the support available to people who have - or are at risk of developing - diabetes, please go to www.bhamcommunity.nhs.uk/diabetes.