OneLife Suffolk and Public Health Suffolk have launched a campaign that focuses on increasing awareness of the Diabetes UK ‘Know Your Risk’ tool among the Suffolk population to help reduce the prevalance of Type 2 diabetes in the local community.
This year more than ever, it has become incredibly important that we all look after our health. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted that those with long-term health conditions, including Type 2 diabetes, are vulnerable to developing a serious illness if they get coronavirus.
Know your risk of Type 2 diabetes
The Diabetes UK ‘Know Your Risk’ tool highlights whether you are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and it will tell you whether you are eligible to join the Healthier You NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme.
Risk factors of Type 2 diabetes
The symptoms of Type 2 diabetes are not always obvious. That’s why it is so important to be aware of the factors that may increase your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
Risk factors include:
- your age
- if you have a parent, brother, sister or child with diabetes
- your ethnicity
- high blood pressure
- being overweight
Learn more about the risk factors of Type 2 diabetes.
How can I reduce my risk of Type 2 diabetes?
Type 2 diabetes is a potentially serious condition that can cause long-term health problems, however there are things you can do to reduce your risk or even prevent you from getting it.
You can reduce your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by:
- eating a healthy balanced diet
- increasing your levels of physical activity
- losing weight, if you are carrying extra weight
There is plenty of support available to help you. As part of this campaign, we have included:
- Information about Type 2 diabetes
- How to access the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NDPP)
- Case studies from people who have received help to reduce their risks
- Signposted to resources that can provide more information and support
To download our campaign materials, click here.