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Blog - Diabetes Prevention week

Every two minutes someone finds out that they have Type 2 diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes is a very serious health condition that can cause serious long-term health problems. It can lead to blindness, kidney failure, loss of a limb, and makes you five times more likely to have a heart attack or stroke.

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If you are diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes it will have a huge impact on you and your family, as you will have to make lots of changes to the way you live your life.

Type 2 diabetes can go unnoticed for years and many people only take it seriously once they have developed it, which is far too late. It’s a very serious health condition but there are lots of things you can do to reduce your risk or even stop you getting it.

It’s preventable, you can manage it and help is available

If you are at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes you may be eligible for your local Healthier You service. This service can support you to make positive changes to your diet, weight and the amount of physical activity you do – to significantly reduce your risk of, or even stop you, developing Type 2 diabetes.

The first thing you need to do is find out if you are at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. You can do this by visiting www.diabetes.org.uk/knowyourrisk

Your local Healthier You service can help you put your health back in your hands and reduce your risk of developing this very serious health condition.

You can significantly reduce your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by reducing your weight, increasing the amount of physical activity that you do and improving your diet. Your local Healthier You service will support you to do just that, with a range of information and activities on weight loss, physical activity, cooking and nutrition that will all make a huge difference. You will be able to talk to other people using the service and may be offered access to telephone and online support from trained professionals too.

We know it can be tough to make changes but with support you can take control of your health, make real changes and significantly reduce or even stop the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

You can access your local Healthier You service in the following ways:

  • Referral from your GP surgery - Your GP or nurse may have told you that you are at a high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes – ask them to refer you to your local Healthier You service
  • NHS Health Check - You may have discovered in your NHS Health Check that you are at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes – Ask the Health Check professional to refer you to your local Healthier You service

“I spent many years working as a GP and as a doctor in A&E where much of my time was spent patching people up, partly because of their lifestyle choices around smoking, drinking and poor diet and partly because of circumstances such as poor housing or social isolation. I made the move into Public Health where the focus is on preventing ill health rather than treating it, because I care deeply about giving everyone the opportunity for a healthy life.”

Dr Caroline Court, Interim Director of Wellbeing and Public Health for Cornwall and Isles of Scilly.