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Woman, 70, line dancing her way to one million steps for diabetes

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A 70-year-old woman from Senghenydd with Type 2 diabetes has been line dancing her way to one million steps to support Diabetes UK Cymru.

Lynn Matthews is taking part in the charity’s One Million Steps Challenge. People taking part in the challenge have to walk more than 10,000 steps a day in order to complete it. But an avid line dancer, Lynn decided to add a twist to the challenge.

I've been line dancing for 23 years... I've always loved country music so I went the first lesson and from then on I was hooked on it.

– Lynn Matthews
Lynn takes part in a line dancing class in Caerphilly. Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

Lynn completed her million steps on the 30th of August and she has already raised £700 for Diabetes UK Cymru. But she has decided to keep doing the steps until the group challenge officially ends at the end of September.

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Katherine Hughes goes to the same line dancing class as Lynn. She has known her for 50 years, since the pair were in school together.

I was really pleased when she said she was doing a million steps because I've got a stepper as well, I know all about stepping and my husband has diabetes so I'm really happy to support her.

– Katherine Hughes, Lynn's friend
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191,000
people in Wales have diabetes.

Lynn first discovered she had Type 2 diabetes after going to the GP for routine tests.

I had to give a water sample and when I gave my water sample the nurse asked me how long I'd been diabetic and I said I'm not, she said, 'Oh I think you are'. So obviously I had to go for the tests and when the tests came back they said I'd actually been diabetic at least 10 to 15 years before I was diagnosed but didn't realise.

– Lynn Matthews

Diabetes is a condition where there is too much glucose in the blood because the body cannot use it properly.

Ninety percent of people in Wales with diabetes have Type 2.

60,000
60,000 people in Wales are estimated to be living with Type 2 diabetes but are yet to be diagnosed.

Symptoms of Type 2 diabetesinclude:

  • needing to urinate more than usual, particularly at night
  • feeling thirsty all the time
  • feeling very tired
  • losing weight without trying to
  • cuts or wounds taking longer to heal
  • blurred vision

If you feel as if you have any of the symptoms, go to your doctor straight away. It's just a simple blood test to find out whether you have it, if not you haven't lost anything. But if you have at least you're catching it early on before any damage is done.

– Lynn Matthews