A Hywel Dda consultant has pledged to help raise awareness of type 2 diabetes by running to 30 GP surgeries around Cardiff next week in support of World Diabetes Day.

Consultant endocrinologist Dr Sam Rice will start his challenge at 8am from the Diabetes UK Cymru office before heading to GP surgeries all over the city.
He will be joined by Diabetes UK Cymru supporters and people living with the condition at various stages along the route.

At each stop Dr Rice will deliver information on PocketMedic, a series of films aimed at reducing your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The films have been created by healthcare professionals and people living with diabetes and cover a wide range of topics, from diet and exercise to medication and monitoring.

Dr Rice said: “The statistics around type 2 diabetes in Wales are really worrying. One in four of us either has the condition or is at risk of developing it, meaning we are all likely to know someone affected.

“I wanted to do something to raise awareness of this growing issue and highlight that there are things people can do to reduce or even reverse your risk.”

To sponsor Dr Rice, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/sam-rice3.

If you are concerned about your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, use Diabetes UK’s free online Know Your Risk tool. This calculates your risk based on key factors such as age, gender, weight and ethnicity. Visit www.diabetes.org.uk/risk.

For more information about PocketMedic visit: http://ehealthdigital.co.uk/video/introducing-pocketmedic-how-to-use-for-patients/or  info@pocketmedic.org

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