Know your risk and prevent Type 2 diabetes

Healthier You NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme

People living in Lancashire and South Cumbria are being encouraged to ‘know their risk’ when it comes to Type 2 diabetes.

As part of Diabetes Prevention Week, which runs from 10-16 May, West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are urging people to think about what factors can increase the risk of developing the potentially life-threatening condition – and what can be done to prevent it.

There are some groups at higher risk of Type 2 diabetes: men, people of South Asian or Black ethnicity, people who are overweight and people with a family history of Type 2 diabetes.

Joanne Furlong, diabetes service redesign manager at NHS West Lancashire CCG, said: “We have to remember that Type 2 diabetes is largely preventable and people who are at risk can significantly reduce their risk simply by making some small lifestyle changes.”

“There are thousands of people across [area] who are believed to be at high risk of developing the potentially life-threatening condition and I would encourage people to ‘know their risk’. We want to do all we can to support as many people as possible to prevent Type 2 diabetes from taking hold.”

You can find out your risk of Type 2 diabetes in just a couple of minutes by using the Diabetes UK Know Your Risk Score at www.riskscore.diabetes.org.uk or by searching ‘Know Your Risk’.

You can prevent Type 2 diabetes by eating a healthy, balanced diet, maintaining a healthy weight and keeping physically active.

If you think you or a family member may be at risk, ask at your GP practice about your free local Healthier You programme.

The NHS Healthier You Diabetes Prevention Programme puts people in control of their own health by supporting them to lose weight through regular exercise and a healthy, balanced diet.

In Lancashire and South Cumbria there have been 417 participants on the programme since January 2021. The programme has been offered online and has seen participants lose an average of three kilograms