It is Diabetes Prevention Week (16 to 22 April 2018), and the NHS is urging local people to find out their risk of type 2 diabetes and take action to improve their future health.

 

Around 90,000 people in Kent and Medway have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and many more are at risk.  Simple lifestyle changes around diet, activity levels and weight management can often prevent or delay the condition.

One You Kent has lots of ideas and support for how to make small changes for a big impact on a person’s health and wellbeing.

A person’s risk of type 2 diabetes can be checked on the Diabetes UK charity website here, and if the risk of developing diabetes is high, services such as the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme can be accessed through local GP practices. The NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme offers tailored free courses which help 100,000 people in England, including thousands in Kent and Medway, reduce their risk.  The courses, which cover eating healthily, being more active, losing weight, and making changes for good, are already proving highly successful, with more than half those who sign up completing the nine month course, losing on average around half a stone each.

GP practices can also offer the NHS Health Check which is a health check-up for adults in England aged 40-74. It’s designed to spot early signs of stroke, kidney disease, heart disease, type 2 diabetes or dementia. As we get older, we have a higher risk of developing one of these conditions. An NHS Health Check helps find ways to lower this risk.

For more information, please watch this Public Health England video.