Today marks the start of Type 2 diabetes prevention week (Monday 10 May to Sunday 16 May), and Diabetes UK has joined Public Health England and NHS England to raise awareness of the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and how to reduce it.
There are 12.3 million people in the UK at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, and it's important that you and your family can access advice on diabetes to help you take steps to reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Below are some key facts and tips to help you reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes:
- You can prevent Type 2 diabetes by eating a healthy, balanced diet, maintaining a healthy weight, and keeping physically active.
- There are some groups at higher risk of Type 2 diabetes: men, people of South Asian or Black ethnicity, people with a family history of Type 2 diabetes.
- People living with diabetes face a significantly higher risk of dying from COVID-19 so it's vital that you know your risk of Type 2 diabetes. You can find your risk of Type 2 diabetes by using the Diabetes UK 'Know Your Risk Score'
- If your score comes back as 'at risk', sign up for your free local Healthier You programme via self-referral.
- Or, if you think you or a family member may be at risk, ask your GP Practice about your free Healthier You programme.
Find out more about Type 2 diabetes on the Diabetes UK website.