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Diabetic Screening with the Royal Free and Wellington Hospitals

BAPS Charities, in conjunction with the Royal Free Hospital and Wellington Hospital, organised a screening and advice session for Type 2 diabetes on Sunday 23 February 2014 at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, London. 

Eleven volunteers from BAPS Charities teamed up with five volunteers from the two hospitals and assessed 24 people with pre-existing diabetes conditions.  

DID YOU KNOW? 3.2 million people are diagnosed with diabetes in the UK and an estimated 630,000 people have the condition, but don’t know it.

A number of assessments were carried out during the day, including an analysis of the medicines prescribed to patients. Where necessary, recommendations were made to their respective GPs.

Cholesterol, sugar and kidney functions were also examined through blood tests and measurements were taken of important parameters such as weight and body fat. Doctors were available to explain results and offer advice on any possible lifestyle changes. 

An added feature to the screening programme was an activity monitor issued to measure daily exercise and physical activity. 

Members from Diabetes UK were also on hand to distribute literature and raise awareness of the condition. A number of attendees were interviewed to gather their thoughts on the screening programme and were asked to return after six months to chart the progress made from the advice gathered at the event.  

BAPS Charities has organised a number of diabetes awareness and screening sessions in the past, including a Diabetes Care Programme in 2012 and a National Diabetes Week Seminar in 2013. This year, BAPS Charities is partnering with Diabetes UK for their Annual Challenge 

This event provided a further opportunity to work with specialist charities in detecting and tackling the disease.  

For more information about Diabetes UK, please click here. 

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