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Diabetes Prevention Week Launches

by Jonathan Kearney

Knowsley Council is supporting Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Week, which launched on Monday.

According to the NHS, every two minutes someone finds out that they have Type 2 diabetes. If current trends persist, one in 10 people will develop Type 2 diabetes by 2035.

Type 2 diabetes usually occurs when the insulin the body produces doesn’t work properly.

Type 2 diabetes can be a very serious health condition that can cause long-term health problems. It can lead to sight loss, kidney failure, loss of a limb, and makes you at least twice as likely to have a heart attack or stroke.

There’s lots you can do to reduce your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and if you do develop it, help manage the condition through healthy eating, being more active and achieving a healthy body weight.

Know your risk

It is very important that you find out if you are at high risk of Type 2 diabetes so you can get support to lower your risk.   You can use the Diabetes UK risk tool to help find out if you are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

Anyone can develop Type 2 diabetes, but the following factors can increase your risk:

Weight – You are more at risk of Type 2 diabetes if you carry excess weight or have obesity.

Age – The older you are, the greater your risk is likely to be.

Family history – You’re far more likely to get Type 2 diabetes if you have a parent, sibling or child with Type 2 diabetes or had gestational diabetes in pregnancy.

Ethnicity – You’re more likely to get Type 2 diabetes if you’re over 25 and from a Chinese, South Asian, Black Caribbean or Black African ethnic background.

Blood pressure – You’re more at risk if you’ve ever had high blood pressure.

You can find out more about diabetes here  Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Week 2021 | Diabetes UK

Support in Knowsley

The Healthy Knowsley Service provides a free local ‘Healthier You NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme that can support those who are at a high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. The programme is designed to stop or delay the onset of the disease through a range of personalised lifestyle interventions such as advice on how to reduce weight through healthier eating and personalised physical activity programmes.

The Healthy Knowsley Service also provides more general support to anyone who wants to make positive lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking or becoming more active.

You can self-refer into the Healthy Knowsley Service by calling 0800 0731 202 www.healthyknowsley.co.uk or by talking to a healthcare professional at your GP practice.