Roadshow a success

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Hundreds of people received advice and tests for diabetes when a health roadshow hit the streets of Sheffield.

The roadshow was held to raise awareness of type 2 diabetes and encourage more people to get screened for the condition.

In total, 191 people visited health workers during the event on Fargate, which was organised by Lloyds Pharmacy.

And one of the visitors was Sheffield’s Lord Mayor, Coun Vickie Priestley, who was screened for diabetes herself.

She said: “I was really interested to see the results of my risk assessment. I’ve never thought about being screened for type 2 diabetes before and I didn’t realise how much simple lifestyle choices like exercise and diet can impact on your risk. It’s a really quick and easy test and well worth it for the peace of mind.”

Diabetes causes a person’s blood sugar level to become too high, and complications – including heart disease and strokes – can be life-threatening.

Pharmacist Nitin Makadia added: “We are delighted so many people from Sheffield came to see us to talk about their risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

“Diabetes is a very serious condition but anyone at risk can lessen the impact through early identification - our screening service provides quick assessments for anyone wanting to keep an eye on their health.

“We’re keen to remind people to watch out for some of the more common symptoms like feeling more tired or thirsty than usual and needing to visit the toilet more often.”