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Type 2 diabetes - It’s time to get serious

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

Type 2 diabetes can be a very serious health condition that can cause long term health problems. It can lead to sight loss, kidney failure, loss of a limb, and makes you at least twice as likely to have a heart attack or stroke. Being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes can have a huge impact on you and your family and can mean lots of changes to the way you live your life. Those with diabetes also now face a significantly higher risk of dying with Covid-19.

It’s very important that you find out if you are at high risk of Type 2 diabetes so you can get support to lower your risk. You may be eligible for your free local Healthier You NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme. The Diabetes UK risk tool can help you find out if you’re at risk of developing the condition. Click here to calculate your risk. It takes just a few minutes and could be the most important thing you do today.

If your risk is calculated to be medium or high risk you will be offered access to your free local NHS Healthier You service, Living Well, Taking Control who can help you put your health back in your hands by supporting you to make changes to your diet, get more physically active and lose weight (where appropriate). With no need for blood tests or to see your doctor, this fast track service will help you improve quicker.

From helping you to eat well, to tips on weight loss and physical activity, the service is here to support you on your journey back to a Healthier You. To help you keep focused and motivated on your goals, you’ll have access to trained health coaches, and you’ll be able to get to know other people in your area who are also trying to reduce their risk of Type 2 diabetes, all in a contact-free way. We know it can be tough to make lifestyle changes, but, with the right help it is possible to make the simple changes that can significantly reduce your risk.

Trish has just finished her course with Living Well Taking Control Dorset.

“Initially, when my GP suggested a group course to learn about diabetes and how to try and prevent it, I was horrified at joining a group! However, our course tutor guided us through the sessions and we all gelled as a group. I took on board tips about food and drink, that I’d never thought about before and gradually started altering my life style choices. The course kept me, mostly, in line with my targets. I loved it and wanted it to continue for ever. I now look at all labels before purchasing, to check the sugar content. I’ve lost 10kg which is great and am working towards my next target! “

Do it for yourself and also do it for the people who care about you. Taking this action now is really important as it can reduce your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

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