5 things you didn’t know about Type 2 diabetes

Did you know?

  1. Diabetes is a leading cause of sight loss in people of working age. It can also cause kidney failure, lower limb amputation, and increased risk (five times more likely) of developing heart disease or having a stroke.
  2. High risk groups for diabetes include: people who are overweight, people from South Asia, Black Caribbean, or of Black African descent aged over 25, men aged over 40, and a family history of diabetes or history of high blood pressure.
  3. Around 200,000 people are diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes every year. Those living with diabetes face a significantly higher risk of dying with COVID-19.
  4. Type 2 diabetes is preventable in most cases with the right help and lifestyle changes, including managing your weight, eating healthily, and being more active. 
  5. The Healthier You NHS diabetes prevention programme is designed to help everyone understand their risk for diabetes. Across the country, over 100,000 people have already taken part in local Healthier You sessions and lowered their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

Find out now if you are at risk to get free support to help significantly lower your chances of developing it. You can find out your risk in a matter of minutes, by answering some simple questions online with the Diabetes UK risk tool.

People who have moderate-to-high risk are eligible to join the Healthier You programme, which is completely free to use and convenient for everyone as you can join virtual sessions online.

It’s time to become a Healthier You. *

* “NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NHS DPP).” England.nhs.uk. NHS England, accessed July 30, 2021, https://www.england.nhs.uk/diabetes/diabetes-prevention/.