April 16 - 22 is Diabetes Prevention Week which raises awareness of the causes of Type 2 diabetes and the complications associated with it; and the groups at risk.
It’s estimated that over five million people in England are at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. It is a lifelong condition that causes a person's blood sugar level to become too high.
There are two main types of diabetes:
type 1 diabetes – where the body's immune system attacks and destroys the cells that produce insulin
type 2 diabetes – where the body doesn't produce enough insulin, or the body's cells don't react to insulin
Type 2 diabetes is far more common than type 1. In the UK, around 90% of all adults with diabetes have type 2. This is linked to lifestyle and represents a real threat to your health; if untreated it can lead to stroke, blindness, heart disease, kidney failure and lower limb amputation.
Even if you are at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, it can still be prevented through losing weight, eating healthily and being more active.
The NDPP provides FREE tailored, personalised help to reduce your risk of Type 2 diabetes including education on healthy eating and lifestyle, help to lose weight and bespoke physical exercise programmes.