Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Week is a joint campaign from NHS England and Diabetes UK that takes place 23–29 May 2022.
The campaign aims to raise awareness of type 2 diabetes, how to prevent it, and at-risk groups, and encourages the public to check their risk via the Diabetes UK Know Your Risk tool.
The campaign also encourages healthcare professionals to refer eligible people to the Healthier You NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme – an evidence-based lifestyle change programme which helps people at high risk of type 2 diabetes to reduce their risk through managing their weight, eating more healthily and being more physically active.
Key messages of the campaign include:
- You can prevent type 2 diabetes by eating a healthy, balanced diet, maintaining a healthy weight and keeping physically active.
- People living with diabetes also face higher risk of heart disease, stroke, nerve damage, foot problems, vision loss, kidney problems and dying with COVID-19.
- There are some groups at higher risk of type 2 diabetes: men, people of South Asian or Black ethnicity, people who are overweight and people with a family history of type 2 diabetes.
- Find out your risk of type 2 diabetes by using the Diabetes UK Know Your Risk Score atriskscore.diabetes.org.uk or by searching ‘Know Your Risk’.
For more information on the event visit: https://www.diabetes.org.uk/get_involved/diabetes-prevention-week
For more information about Type 2 Diabetes, risk factors and symptoms, visit: https://www.diabetes.org.uk/diabetes-the-basics/types-of-diabetes/type-2
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