Bridlington Lions held a health promotion day in The Promenades Shopping Centre on Saturday November 1st.
We promoted “Message in a Bottle” (MIAB) and discussed the benefits of keeping a record of medication for vulnerable individuals, in the fridge with a sticker on the inside of their front door alerting emergency services. So that this information can be accessed quickly in the event of an urgent call out which might require hospitalisation, over 30 people agreed to partake of the service.
During November Lions traditionally promote eye health and we were able to distribute leaflets encouraging people to have regular eye tests to detect chronic eye conditions such as Glaucoma, Retinopathy and Macular Degeneration as well as providing a diagnosis of other disease states from the optometrist.
We carried out “Diabetic Risk Assessments” opportunistically on 15 shoppers and by performing simple measurements and asking questions about lifestyle the assessment which is validated by “Diabetes UK” provides a numerical score which gives an indication of the likelihood of a person developing Type 2 Diabetes within the next 10 years.
The results indicated that 5 out of the 15 shoppers assessed would require an appointment with their GP in order to have a blood test (HbA1c) to detect their level of blood glucose during the last 2-3 months which could indicate undiagnosed Type 2 Diabetes. The GP would then decide whether to advise the patient to implement certain lifestyle changes such as diet or to prescribe medication to treat the condition.
The NHS is aware that there are approximately 850,000 people in the UK with undiagnosed Type 2 Diabetes and so it seems appropriate for Lions to get involved and support our community to help identify these people and to signpost them to seek treatment from their GP.
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