Type 2 diabetes is more common than Type 1.
The health complications can be serious and life-changing, and include loss of sight, loss of limbs, increased risk of heart disease, stroke and kidney disease.
Did you know? 13.6 million people are now at increased risk of type 2 diabetes in the UK and 850,000 people are currently living with type 2 diabetes but are yet to be diagnosed.
Who is at risk?
- black and South Asian people are at higher risk from the age of 25, compared with those from a white background for whom risk increases after the age of 40.
- if you have a parent, brother, sister or child with diabetes
- people with a high blood pressure
- people who are overweight
How can you prevent it?
- 30 minutes of exercise a day (1 hour is even better)
- keeping a well-balanced diet – avoid too much salt, sugar and saturated fat
- eating well
The best way to achieve these things is to set realistic goals and take every day as it comes. This will help you build blocks towards a healthier future.
Diabetes UK offer a range of resources to help you prevent Type 2 diabetes – this includes eating well, moving more and managing your weight.
There are a few tools or programmes to support you:
You’ll need an accurate measurement of your height, weight and waist.
The Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NHS DPP) helps you make simple changes to your diet, your physical activity levels and your weight management, with the aim of significantly reducing or removing your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
You can be referred by a healthcare professional like your GP, or you can apply online.
If you live in the Black Country (Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall or Wolverhampton) start your application by clicking here.
If you live in Birmingham, visit this site and follow the instructions.