Currently, there are over four million people in the UK living with diabetes, while 12.3 million people are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. If nothing changes, more than five million people will have diabetes in the UK by 2025. That’s why it is important to be in the know when it comes Type 2 diabetes.
By understanding what increases the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, you can better understand the steps you can take to lower your risk and prevent diabetes. The signs aren’t always obvious and but it’s important to know that sometimes there may be no signs at all.
If you think you may be at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, speak to your GP or visit the Diabetes UK website to find out your risk score. Finding out your risk score only takes a few minutes and is free to do.
If you are aged between 40-74, you can receive a free NHS Health Check which helps check your risk of Type 2 diabetes. Speak to your GP practice to find out more. If you live in Staffordshire, you can also call the Everyone Health Service on 0333 005 0095.
Living with diabetes
For those already living with Type 2 diabetes, it’s never too late to make changes that can help you live a healthy life. You can manage Type 2 diabetes by eating more healthily, being more active and losing weight. Find out about a local education programme that can help you to achieve this and feel in control of your condition.
It’s important to be proactive and take actions that will help you be as healthy as possible while living with diabetes. Making the right decisions around food choices, exercise and medication can help you feel more empowered on how to lead a healthy life.
For more information, speak to your GP practice.