There are an estimated 3.6 million people in the UK who have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and a further 1 million who do not know they have got it.
What is Type 2 Diabetes?
- – Either your body does not produce enough insulin or the insulin does not work properly.
- – Insulin helps your body use glucose as fuel. In the above situations the glucose can build up in the blood.
- – Type 2 diabetes is predominantly a lifestyle disease and is caused mainly by being inactive and overweight.
- – Type 2 diabetes can result in many complications such as heart disease, stroke, hypertension, kidney disease, lower limb amputation and blindness.
Can Type 2 diabetes be prevented?
- – Up to 58% of Type 2 diabetes can be delayed or prevented through leading a healthy lifestyle.
- -Early identification of people at risk and supporting them in making key lifestyle changes can significantly reduce the incidence of developing type 2 diabetes in the future.
- -The NHS health check performed by OneLife Suffolk identifies and screens people at risk of developing type 2 diabetes by offering a simple blood test called an HBa1c.
Preventing Type 2 diabetes through lifestyle changes
If you are at risk of type 2 diabetes, you may be able to prevent it developing by making lifestyle changes:
Eating healthy, reducing weight and exercising regularly can reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes but will also help prevent the long term complications of diabetes such as cardiovascular disease and kidney disease. Stopping smoking will also help reduce your risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
OneLife Suffolk’s adult weight management and Get Help to Get Active services to offer support with diabetes. Call 01473 718193 for more info.