Be in the know - diabetes
Currently, there are over four million people in the UK living with diabetes, while 12.3 million people are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. If nothing changes, more than five million people will have diabetes in the UK by 2025. That’s why it is important to be in the know when it comes Type 2 diabetes.
Are you at risk? Contact your GP practice to find out
Contact your GP practice to find out if you are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
You can also:
- Visit the Diabetes UK website to find out your risk score. Finding out your risk score only takes a few minutes and is free to do
- Receive a free NHS Health Check if you are aged between 40-74. It helps check your risk of Type 2 diabetes. Speak to your GP practice to find out more. If you live in Staffordshire, you can also call 0333 005 0095.
Your Healthier You service is here to help you. Contact your GP practice to find out more
If you are at high risk, the Healthier You service can help you. This service can support you to make positive changes to your lifestyle and improve your risk score.
The free service can support you to make changes to your lifestyle to delay or prevent Type 2 diabetes. This will include advice and help on:
- eating healthier and improving your diet
- losing weight
- increasing physical activity and exercise
Speak to your GP practice to find out if you are eligible.
What increases your risk of Type 2 diabetes?
By understanding what increases the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, you can better understand the steps you can take to lower your risk and prevent diabetes. The signs aren’t always obvious and but it’s important to know that sometimes there may be no signs at all.
Are you living with Type 2 diabetes? Find out about our support programmes
For those already living with Type 2 diabetes, it’s never too late to make changes that can help you live a healthy life. You can manage Type 2 diabetes by eating more healthily, being more active and losing weight.
It’s important to be proactive and take actions that will help you be as healthy as possible while living with diabetes. Making the right decisions around food choices, exercise and medication can help you feel more empowered on how to lead a healthy life.