A health roadshow held in Burnley town centre found half of the people who visited were at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Of the 189 people seen at the roadshow, run by Bupa and Diabetes UK in St James’s Street, 94 were referred to their doctor for further tests and support because of their likelihood of developing the condition.
According to figures from the Clinical Commissioning Group, East Lancashire already has 18,574 people diagnosed with diabetes, but experts estimate that an additional 5,900 people in the area have the condition and are undiagnosed.
Type 2 diabetes is a lifelong condition but people who get diagnosed can go on to manage it well, through healthy eating, physical activity and in some cases medication.
A dietitian was on site at the roadshow offering advice about how to achieve a healthy balanced diet, and an activity zone encouraged people to get moving. Also attending the event were the Mayor of Burnley, Coun. Andy Tatchell and his wife and Mayoress Mrs Lorna Tatchell.
Coun. Tatchell said: “The roadshow was a real eye-opener. There was so much information on offer, and it was a wake-up call for everyone who attended. I’d like to say thank you to Diabetes UK for bringing the roadshow to Burnley, and for allowing so many residents to participate.”