AROUND half of all the people tested for basic signs or symptoms of type 2 diabetes at a town centre roadshow were found at risk.
Of the 211 people seen at the Healthy Lifestyle Roadshow on July 10 and 11, Diabetes UK and partners Bupa identified 104 on the cusp of developing the condition.
They were referred to their doctor for further tests.
It is likely some will find they already have type 2 diabetes, as the condition can often go unnoticed for years.
Phaedra Perry, regional manager of Diabetes UK South West, said: “It’s obviously very concerning that so many people in Swindon have been identified as moderate or high risk of type 2 diabetes, particularly as there are already 11,000 people diagnosed with the condition in Swindon.
“But our roadshow has given them a chance to get help from their doctor and hopefully to take a serious look at their health.”
She pinpointed body wieght as a key area for attention.
“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.”
A dietitian was on hand at the roadshow in the town centre to offer advice about how to achieve a healthy balanced diet, while an activity zone was set up to encourage visitors to get moving more often.
Getting diagnosed early, or being recognised as high or moderate risk, means that people have the opportunity to change their habits and avoid serious health problems, the charity says.
To find out whether you are at risk of type 2 diabetes go to www.bupa.co.uk/diabetesriskscore.
If the test suggests you are at moderate or high risk of developing the condition, you should visit your GP.
For more information about diabetes, go to www.diabetes.org.uk.