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Reduce your diabetes risk

Reduce your diabetes risk
19 April 2018

Diabetes Prevention Week, 16-22 April, 2018 

Eighty per cent of diabetes cases are preventable through regular exercise, watching your diet and keeping your weight down. Many people may not be aware that they are at risk of developing it.  Getting an NHS health check will help you find out.    

Diabetes means the amount of glucose (sugar) in your blood is too high because your body can't use it properly for energy. This happens because the pancreas either doesn't produce any insulin, enough insulin, or the insulin it does produce doesn't work properly.  

There are also ways to prevent yourself from developing diabetes, manage the condition should you be diagnosed with it and avoid developing serious complications: 



  • The Diabetes Prevention Programme identifies people at high risk and refers them onto a behaviour change programme. You can ask your GP to refer you if you fit the criteria.  


  • Reduce the risk of developing diabetes by eating well, moving more and stopping smoking. You may be eligible for free council-run exercise and a stop smoking service.  


  • Getting the right health checks is vital as is taking the right medication.  Anyone aged 40-74 who has not had a free NHS health check in the last five years and has not been diagnosed with diabetes, kidney disease, heart disease or stroke is advised to get one. Ask your GP.  


  • Find out about the DESMOND course to get the knowledge and skills you need to manage diabetes. 


For further information about diabetes visit  www.diabetes.org.uk and www.nhs.uk/diabetes

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