National Diabetes Prevention Week ran from Monday 14th June to Sunday 20th June 2021.
The campaign aims to raise awareness of Type 2 diabetes, how to prevent it, and at-risk groups, and encourages patients to check their risk via the Diabetes UK Know Your Risk tool.
Type 2 diabetes can lead to serious health complications if left untreated. Finding out your risk only takes a few minutes using the Diabetes UK risk tool – it could be the most important thing you do today.
Type 2 diabetes can lead to serious health complications if left untreated. The good news is that you can significantly reduce your risk by making small lifestyle changes with support from your local Healthier You programme.
Anyone can develop Type 2 diabetes, but certain factors can increase your risk. The older you are, the more at risk you are of developing the condition.
Did you know that some ethnicities are more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes than others?
People from Black Caribbean, Black African and South Asian backgrounds are more at risk of Type 2 diabetes.
The key message:
• You can prevent Type 2 diabetes by eating a healthy, balanced diet, maintaining a healthy weight and keeping physically active.
• People living with diabetes face a significantly higher risk of dying with COVID-19.
• There are some groups at higher risk of Type 2 diabetes: men, people of South Asian or Black ethnicity, people who are overweight and people with a family history of Type 2 diabetes.
• Find out your risk of Type 2 diabetes by using the Diabetes UK Know Your Risk Score at riskscore.diabetes.org.uk or by searching ‘Know Your Risk’.
• If your score comes back as ‘at risk’, sign up to your free local Healthier You programme via self-referral.
• Or, if you think you or a family member may be at risk, ask at your GP practice about your free local Healthier You programme.
Please join us at one of our virtual Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Week events for patients:
Thursday 13 May 2021 at 5pm
CLICK HERE for full details and joining instructions.