Type 2 diabetes – know your risk

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 1-7 April, NHS Blackpool and NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Groups 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.

Type 2 diabetes is one of the biggest healthcare challenges of our time and some groups are at a higher risk of developing it:

  • People who are overweight
  • Men
  • Those from some ethnic minority groups
  • Those with a family history

People can find out their level of risk by using Diabetes UK’s ‘know your risk tool’ at www.diabetes.org.uk/knowyourrisk.

Those who are at risk can access the Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NDPP) which went live in July 2017 in Lancashire and South Cumbria.

The programme helps people at risk of Type 2 diabetes to reduce that risk by helping them to manage their weight, eat more healthily and be more active.

To date more than 1,700 people have been referred onto the programme across the Fylde Coast. More than 1,200 people have had an initial assessment and 182 people have completed the programme, having lost an average of three kilograms each.

From July this year, online versions of the programme, which involve wearable technologies and apps, will be provided for patients who find it difficult to attend sessions because of work or family commitments.

Dr Amanda Doyle OBE, chief clinical officer for the Fylde Coast CCGs, said: “We have to remember that Type 2 diabetes is largely preventable and we mustn’t shy away from the fact that being overweight presents the biggest risk of developing the disease. On the plus side, people can significantly reduce their risk simply by making some small lifestyle changes.

“The NHS 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.

“There are thousands of people across the Fylde Coast 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.”

If anybody thinks they could be at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes or would like more information about the programme they can speak to their GP practice.