Club partners GlucoRx, a local healthcare company is using Saturday’s match to raise awareness and test for Type 2 Diabetes for the third year in a row.
Screenings to identify a person’s risk of the condition will be taking place at the Hartlepool United match at the GlucoRx gazebo outside the main turnstiles behind the Community Stand at the EBB Stadium.
Football supporters of all ages and genders will be offered the opportunity to give a finger prick blood sample to measure their levels. If the person’s results show they are at risk of developing the condition they will be given a letter for their GP, along with advice on the next steps.
GlucoRx Managing Directors and Shots Director Chris Chapman said: “It is possible to live with Type 2 Diabetes for months as it does not always cause symptoms but it can cause internal damage, so the earlier it is diagnosed the sooner the treatment can begin. There are 3.8 million people who have been diagnosed with diabetes in the UK.
“Diabetes UK estimate almost 1 million with Type 2 Diabetes don’t know they have it because they haven’t been diagnosed.
“We know that many people may be at risk of developing the condition and a large number do not attend testing when called for by their GP, due to work and home life commitments so this is an innovative approach in its third year and we are trying to tackle some of those who may be at increased risk, we also hope that other clubs will see this and offer the same to their fans in the future.”
Checks will be made from when the turnstiles open at 1PM up until kick off at 3PM.