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Help yourself to prevent developing Type 2 Diabetes

16 April 2018


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During Diabetes Prevention Week (16-22 April) Luton Clinical Commissioning Group (LCCG) are highlighting the risk factors associated with developing type2 diabetes and what can be done to prevent it.

Five million people in England are currently at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. But the good news is that type 2 diabetes is also preventable, even for those at ‘high risk’.

Some risk factors associated with developing type 2 diabetes cannot be changed. These include being male over the age of 40, having a family history of type 2 diabetes, and having South Asian, African Caribbean or Black African descent.

However the major risk factor of being overweight can be changed. Making healthier food choices, getting physically active and achieving a healthy weight are proven to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Dr Chirag Bakhai, Clinical Director at Luton CCG, said: “Type 2 diabetes is a leading cause of blindness, kidney disease and leg problems requiring amputation. It also roughly doubles the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Worryingly, more people than ever are developing the condition, despite it being potentially preventable through regular physical activity and maintaining a healthy weight”.

“A few simple lifestyle changes can make all the difference. Losing weight or introducing physical activity not only reduces the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, but it can also enhance sleep quality, improve mood and decrease stress levels. Making healthy food choices is also really important - it’s not just about sugary foods. Refined and processed foods like white bread don’t taste sweet but can be quickly digested into sugar. Swap sugary fizzy drinks, crisps and highly processed foods for more healthy options”.

Luton resident David Palmer said: “Last year I was diagnosed as being at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes in mid-December. By making changes to my diet and choosing healthier options, taking up more exercise and by making small lifestyle changes I was able to reduce my weight and become more physically active. I was delighted to find out that after three months, the follow up blood test with my GP practice showed a marked improvement in my blood sugar levels.”

Anyone can assess their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by visiting riskscore.diabetes.org.uk; by taking up the offer of a free NHS Health Check at their GP practice (ages 40-74); or by asking their GP practice for a blood test to test their blood sugar levels.

Notes to editors

 About type 2 diabetes:

·        There are currently 3.4 million people with type 2 diabetes in England

·        There are around 200,000 new type 2 diabetes diagnoses every year

·        One in six of all people in hospital have diabetes

·        Treating type 2 diabetes costs around £8.8 billion a year, accounting for almost nine per cent of the annual NHS budget

·        At the current rate, one in 10 people will have type 2 diabetes by 2034

 

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