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Liverpool hosts diabetes experts for giant conference

At the start of this month, about 3,000 clinical experts from throughout the world descended on Liverpool to discuss diabetes and research projects relating to the condition. It was one of the nation’s biggest healthcare meetings and the public were welcome too. People were invited to stop in for assessment, enabling them to find out whether they were at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. It is estimated that as many as 6,000 Liverpudlians could unknowingly have it.

The consultation saw people having their height, weight and waist size measured before getting advice about living healthily. A dietician was on hand to preach the benefits of eating a balanced and healthy diet, as a large proportion of Type 2 diabetes cases are preventable with lifestyle changes.

One of the main challenges is in ensuring that good food is available to all. This is why there is a growing desire to ensure the presence of healthy tuckshop snacks in Merseyside. Often, children in particular will eat unhealthily simply because of a lack of decent alternative options.

The North-West regional manager for Diabetes UK, Julie Byron, said:

“Up to 80% of cases of Type 2 diabetes could be delayed or prevented with healthy lifestyle changes, such as eating a healthy diet, taking regular physical activity and managing your weight.

“We want to make people aware of their risk and support them in making the right choices to improve their health. It’s great to have the conference and the roadshow in Liverpool at the same time. We think there will be a real buzz in the city.”

Posted by Mark
March 24, 2014

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