Diabetes Prevention Week 16-22 April 2018
19 April 2018
19,428 people in Wirral have been diagnosed with diabetes. The vast majority of diabetes cases (9 out of 10) are Type 2.
Diabetes is the leading cause of vision loss and blindness in people of working age. It is also responsible for most cases of kidney failure and lower limb amputation (other than accidents), and people with diabetes are up to five times more likely to develop heart disease or have a stroke than those without diabetes.
Modern life can make it hard to be healthy but for many people Type 2 diabetes can be prevented by making small lifestyle changes.
- Managing your weight
- eating healthily and
- being more active
The Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme is a free programme for those who are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
You can find out if you are at risk of Type 2 diabetes by:
- Answering a few questions on the ‘Know Your Risk’ tool at www.diabetes.org.uk/risk
- Taking up the offer of a free NHS Health Check to assess your risk of Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and other conditions such as high blood pressure (available for those aged 40-74)
- Asking your GP or Practice Nurse to check if you are at risk.
If you are at risk and would like to attend the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme please ask your GP or Practice Nurse to refer you.