Bridgwater’s NHS Lifestyle Day and pinprick blood test could be your start to a healthier and diabetes-free life
We all lead busy lives and although many people say they want to improve their health and wellbeing they often don’t know who to turn to or where to start.
Your first steps to leading a healthier life could be a visit to the NHS Bridgwater Lifestyle Day on Tuesday 5 June at the Lower Hall, Westfield Church, West Street Bridgwater. The FREE event starts at 10.00am and will finish at 2.30pm.
Bridgwater’s NHS Lifestyle Day has been organised by local GP Practices, patient groups and organisations like Diabetes UK.
There will be information and advice available on everything from cooking and eating healthier foods to helping you to quit smoking. Health advisors will be checking your weight, blood pressure and inviting you to have a simple and painless glucose pinprick blood test, one of the key ways of spotting if you could be at risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes.
Bridgwater continues to see a steady rise in the number of people developing Type 2 Diabetes, a condition commonly linked with being overweight, eating a poor diet and taking little or no exercise. However, the condition can be easily prevented by making a few simple changes to your diet and making time to be more physically active.
Dr Harry Smallwood a GP from Taunton Road Medical Centre, explained: “Prevention is always better than cure and we want people to realise that making a few simple changes to your diet and lifestyle could be the difference between living a long and healthy life or reaching your middle age and finding your life is blighted with serious and debilitating health problems like heart disease, cancer and diabetes.
“Diabetes is not a minor issue. There are already over 30,000 people living with the disease in Somerset, and 90% of these with Type 2 diabetes. However, if you come to Bridgwater Lifestyle Day we can give you the advice and information which should put yourself back on the road to good health.”
To find out if you could be at an increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes complete the Diabetes UK online survey. (https://riskscore.diabetes.org.uk/start) or talk you your GP Practice nurse.
For general information about Type 2 diabetes and how to reduce your risk of developing the condition visit the Diabetes UK web site at: www.diabetes.org.uk.