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Dr Phil Hammond, Julia Bradbury and Phil Tufnell. Picture: BBC/Maverick
Dr Phil Hammond, Julia Bradbury and Phil Tufnell. Picture: BBC/Maverick
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Julia Bradbury, Phil Tufnell and Dr Phil Hammond present two programmes raising awareness of three silent killers that collectively claim 200,000 lives every year - Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and liver disease.

BBC1, 9pm

In May, locals and sports fans at Super League’s Magic Weekend in Manchester were screened to see if they were at risk of the deadly diseases. A team of three GPs, 50 NHS volunteers and leading charities Diabetes UK, Heart UK and the British Liver Trust helped more than 400 people with advice about how to reduce the risk of developing the chronic conditions.

Bradbury says: “As a mum, the health of my family is something I feel is incredibly important and I now want to help other families by raising awareness of these preventable conditions.

“I’ll be meeting members of the public, some of whom are at risk of developing one of these illnesses, and speaking with experts and celebrities to learn more about what we can all do to live more healthily. It’s going to be fascinating, revealing and life-changing for some people.”

Some familiar TV personalities were also screened and cameras follow former East-Ender Ricky Grover, singer Jodie Prenger and actress Crissy Rock as they undergo medical tests and are given their results. The trio has a lot to learn, as Dr Hammond explains what the liver goes through in processing fatty foods, what happens if the body can’t absorb sugar from the bloodstream, and discusses good and bad cholesterol.

All three conditions are preventable if caught early enough, and Dr Phil explains what viewers can do to lessen their own risk.