Every two minutes someone finds out that they have Type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is a very serious health condition, that can cause 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.

It’s very important that you find out if you are at risk of Type 2 diabetes because then you can get support to significantly lower your risk of developing the condition. You may even be eligible for your local Healthier You service.

  1. There are two main types of diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2
  2. Around 90% of people with diabetes have Type 2 diabetes
  3. Type 2 diabetes can develop slowly. Making small changes to your lifestyle now can make a big impact on your future health. This means you can reduce your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and the risk of serious complications. If you have three minutes, and you know your height, weight and waist measurement, then you could try the Diabetes UK Know Your Risk tool.
  4. The signs of diabetes may not be obvious or there may be no signs at all. Some people will have symptoms; like having to wee a lot, being very thirsty, and feeling very tired. You may also lose weight or suffer from slow healing wounds.
  5. The NHS Health Checkis a health check-up for adults in England aged 40-74. It’s designed to spot early signs of stroke, kidney disease, heart disease, type 2 diabetes or dementia. If you live in Derby, and are registered to a Derby GP practice, you can book a free NHS Health Check with Livewell online or you can ask at your doctors.
  6. Smoking harms health in many different ways. It is an independent risk factor for diabetes and both smoking and diabetes increase the risk of heart disease in very similar ways. Cutting down, or stopping all together, can make a huge difference to your health. Contact Livewell for more information or help getting started.
  7. When you have diabetes it’s important that you follow a balanced diet. Eating well will help you to manage your blood sugar levels and also help you keep to a healthy weight.
  8. Fasting with diabetes needs careful planning to ensure that you stay well throughout the fasting period. If you are planning to fast, particularly during the holy month of Ramadan, please speak to your GP for advice. For example, you may need to change the time, type or dose of medication to ensure your blood glucose levels are kept safe.
  9. If you use insulin or medicine to manage your diabetes then you’re entitled to free prescriptions. If you’re aged between 18 – 60 years make sure that you have a medical exemption certificate before you claim.
  10. Take part in Diabetes Prevention Week 2019 – you can chat to an expert and get a free blood pressure check at the Council House during Diabetes Prevention Week. Trained advisors will be available between 1.30pm – 4.30pm on Wednesday 3 April, 9.00am – 12.30pm on Thursday 4 April and 9.00am – 12.30pm on Friday 5 April.Other events organised with diabetes charity, Silverstar are taking place in the city centre at St Peter’s Street on Saturday 6 April, 10.00am – 5.00pm and at Pak Foods Store, Normanton Road on Sunday 7 April, 11.00am – 5.00pm.