Can you help spread the word on di­a­betes di­ag­no­sis?

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

A CHAR­ITY is ask­ing peo­ple in Buck­ing­hamshire to be­come vol­un­teers to help spread the word about early di­ag­no­sis of Type 2 di­a­betes and the im­por­tance of a healthy lifestyle.

The Di­a­betes UK Healthy Lifestyle vol­un­teers will be re­spon­si­ble for rais­ing aware­ness of di­a­betes and or­gan­is­ing and speak­ing at lo­cal com­mu­nity events to pro­mote the im­por­tance of adopt­ing a healthy way of life to pre­vent or de­lay Type 2 di­a­betes.

The vol­un­teers will be fully trained to at­tend up­com­ing events such as the Di­a­betes UK and Tesco ‘Know your Risk’ road­show events across the re­gion where they will as­sess mem­bers of the public and help them find out their risk of de­vel­op­ing Type 2 di­a­betes.

Di­a­betes UK South East Re­gional Man­ager Jill Steaton said: “Our char­ity is work­ing hard to stem the ris­ing tide of Type 2 di­a­betes by help­ing peo­ple to find out their risk so they can do some­thing about it and to en­sure that peo­ple with the con­di­tion get the ear­li­est pos­si­ble di­ag­no­sis. Four out of five cases of Type 2 di­a­betes can be stopped or de­layed by eat­ing a healthy diet, tak­ing reg­u­lar phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity and main­tain­ing a healthy weight.

“Type 2 di­a­betes is se­ri­ous and can lead to dev­as­tat­ing com­pli­ca­tions, such as heart dis­ease, stroke and blind­ness, if not di­ag­nosed early enough or man­aged ef­fec­tively.

“The Healthy Lifestyle vol­un­teer role in Buck­ing­hamshire is an ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­nity to make a dif­fer­ence to the health of the com­mu­nity by en­cour­ag­ing the public to re­duce their risk of de­vel­op­ing Type 2 di­a­betes and live health­ier, longer lives.

“The role will also pro­vide sup­port, in­for­ma­tion and ad­vice to those al­ready liv­ing with di­a­betes.”

Vol­un­teers will be asked to com­mit to or­gan­is­ing a min­i­mum of four healthy lifestyle talks a year.

The clos­ing date for ap­pli­ca­tions Septem­ber 30.

Vol­un­teers will need to at­tend an in­ter­view in early Oc­to­ber.

If you are in­ter­ested in be­ing a Healthy Lifestyle Vol­un­teer for Di­a­betes UK call 01372 720 148 or email south.east@ di­a­betes.org.uk.

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