Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Week 2021 runs from Monday 10th May to Sunday 16th May.
The campaign aims to raise awareness of Type 2 diabetes, how to prevent it, and at-risk groups, and encourages people to check their risk via the Diabetes UK Know Your Risk tool.
Know Your Risk
There are 12.3 million people in the UK at increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. But for many people there are steps you can take to reduce your risk including eating a healthy, balanced diet, maintaining a healthy weight and keeping physically active.
There are some groups at higher risk of Type 2 diabetes including: men, people of South Asian or Black ethnicity, people who are overweight and people with a family history of Type 2 diabetes.
Finding out your risk of Type 2 diabetes only takes a few minutes, and it could be the most important thing you do today. If you are over 18 and not pregnant then you can check your risk using the Diabetes UK Know Your Risk tool or by searching ‘Know Your Risk’.
By completing the tool, in England you may be eligible for the Healthier You NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme which helps to reduce your risk of Type 2 diabetes by providing information and advice.
Tony from Slough has attended the Healthier You NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme and said the programme helped with “Eating healthier, weight loss & making better food choices and feeling better. It’s a journey and not a race.”
Emma also attended the programme and said “I have lost 2 and a half stone. I have more energy, I ache less and exercise is easier! I’m so glad I was referred by my GP and glad to be on this journey. It has truly been life changing”.
If you think a family member may be at risk you can ask them to complete the tool or ask at your GP practice about the Healthier You National Diabetes Prevention Programme.
Join virtual Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Week events
Take part in one of the virtual Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Week events:
For healthcare professionals: Monday 10 May 2021 at 5pm
For patients: Thursday 13 May 2021 at 5pm
Full details and joining instructions will be shared online at: https://www.diabetes.org.uk/get_involved/diabetes-prevention-week.
Get social and share your #HealthierHack
Want to make a positive step towards preventing Type 2 diabetes, while also sharing your success with others? We are encouraging patients and healthcare professionals across the country to share their healthier hacks on social media (e.g. getting off the bus a stop earlier to get extra steps or swapping ghee butter for olive oil) using the #HealthierHack social media hashtag and tag us @FrimleyCCG.
For more information visit the Diabetes UK website.