Diabetes Prevention - Know Your Risk
01 April 2019
Every two minutes someone finds out they have Type 2 diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes is a serious health condition that can cause long-term health problems including blindness, kidney failure and limb loss. It also makes you five times more likely to suffer a heart attack or stroke.
It’s important to find out if you are at risk of Type 2 diabetes so you can get support to lower your risk.
Are you overweight? Over 40? Does someone in your family have diabetes? There are lots of reasons why you might be more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes.
Calculate your risk using this simple online risk assessment tool
If you are classed as high risk you may be eligible for the local Healthier You service, which can provide valuable support to help you put your health back in your hands.
It can be tough to make lifestyle changes but with the right help it is possible to make simple changes to significantly reduce your risk.
How to access the local Healthier You service:
- Ask your GP or practice nurse to arrange blood tests and check your eligibility if you believe you are at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
- Ask your Health Check professional to check your eligibility.
More information about the Healthier You service is available here: http://www.stopdiabetes.co.uk/