England, Pakistan players urge fans to check if they risk developing Diabetes 2

England's Steven Finn and Chris Woakes
England's Steven Finn and Chris Woakes
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Pakistan's Younus Khan and Shan Masood
Pakistan's Younus Khan and Shan Masood
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England's Moeen Ali
England's Moeen Ali
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England and Pakistan players are urging fans to take time out to check whether they are at risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes.

Diabetes UK have partnered with Warwickshire County Cricket Club for the third Test between the two sides at Edgbaston and tomorrow (4th August) will be a special Diabetes Day to raise awareness of the conditon.

Four million people in the UK live with diabetes and 11.9 million are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. While a long and healthy life is possible for those with the disease, unless it is carefully managed, it can cause severe complications.

Around 24,000 people die of diabetes per year - a number close to Edgbaston's capacity of 24,500.

Moeen Ali, Steven Finn, Chris Woakes, Shan Masood and Younus Khan are now urging people to use the charity's Know Your Risk tool to find out how at risk they are of developing Type 2 diabetes, and then to find out how to manage the condtion if they have it.

The tool, which can be found at www.diabetes.org.uk/riskscore, is an easy-to-use questionnaire developed by the charity, the University of Leicester and the University of Leicester NHS Trust.

It calculates the analysed risk based on an individual's age, gender, weight, waist measurement and ethnicity.

Pakistan batsman Masood has personal experience of the disease, explaining: "When my father received his diagnosis for Type 2 diabetes it was the first step for him to take control of the condition, eat better and move more to help manage it well.

"Since then, I have also made changes to reduce my risk. If you are from a South Asian background then you are at greater risk of Type 2 diabetes, and it can develop from a younger age, so do check out your risk today.

"Taking care of your health is important for everyone, not just cricketers!”

England’s Chris Woakes added: “It only takes a few minutes to check out your risk of Type 2 diabetes with Diabetes UK’s online test.

"If you haven’t already, get online and find out yours today - if you are at increased risk, then you can start to take the crucial steps needed to give yourself the best chance of a healthy life."

Peter Shorrick, Midlands Regional Head at Diabetes UK, said: "Diabetes is one the biggest and fastest growing health issues of our lifetime.

"More than four million people currently live with the condition and a further 11.9 million are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

"However, the good news is that when an individual knows they are at increased risk they hold the power to turn this around by making relatively simple lifestyle changes. This is why it is so important to get online now to find out your risk of Type 2 diabetes and then take any necessary steps to reduce this risk, as not doing so can lead to devastating consequences.

"Diabetes UK is thrilled to partner with Warwickshire County Cricket Club to raise awareness of the condition.

"Cricket is a great form of exercise which, along with eating a healthy diet and maintaining a healthy weight, can help reduce your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes or manage your condition if you already have it.

"While Type 1 diabetes can’t be prevented, there are several risk factors for developing Type 2 diabetes and some can be acted on, such as being overweight or having a large waist size.

"People from certain ethnic backgrounds are also at higher risk, with South Asian people two to four times more likely to develop the condition."

Gareth Roberts, Commercial Director at Warwickshire CCC, said: "As a Club we’re committed to getting more people involved in the game and promoting a healthy, active lifestyle and with the Investec Test Match being Edgbaston’s marquee fixture of the year, it’s a fantastic opportunity to reach a wide audience."

And on Thursday, the second day of the third Test, Diabetes UK volunteers and supporters will all wear blue to help raise awareness of the condition.

They will also be available to talk about type 1 and type 2 diabetes, the risks of developing the disease and how people can take steps to control the condition.

The team will be raising money throughout the day and there will be £3 contributed from every ticket sold with a unique Diabetes UK promotion code.

And there will be a stunt on the day where spectators located directly behind the bowler's arm in the RES Wyatt Stand will be given Diabetes UK cards to hold up at key moments of the day.

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