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Steps to prevent Type 2 diabetes highlighted in new campaign

02 April 2019


Thousands of people in Luton are being urged to reduce their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by making some simple changes to their lifestyle. The plea by NHS Luton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) comes ahead of Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Week, which runs from 1 - 7 April 2019.

Public Health England estimates that almost 19,500 people across the NHS Luton CCG area have blood sugar levels that show they are at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes*. Yet simple lifestyle changes around diet, activity levels and weight management can often prevent or delay the condition.

In 2017/18 there were 14,119 people, aged 17 years or older, who had been diagnosed with diabetes in the NHS Luton CCG area. This equals 8% of the population**.

Obesity is the single greatest risk factor for developing the condition. Age, family history and ethnicity can also contribute to someone’s risk, with people of African-Caribbean, Black-African or South Asian descent being up to six times more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes than white people.

Dr Chirag Bakhai, Clinical Director for NHS Luton CCG, said: “The number of people in England with Type 2 diabetes has doubled in the last 20 years, directly linked to greater levels of excess body weight. Type 2 diabetes can lead to serious complications including blindness, kidney disease, ulcers needing amputation and a greater risk of heart attacks and strokes.

“The condition is preventable through achieving and maintaining a healthy body weight, adopting a balanced diet and engaging in regular physical activity. For help getting active and losing weight, contact Total Wellbeing Luton on 0300 555 4152.

“To find out more about your risk, please take up the offer of a free NHS Health Check from your GP practice, available every five years to people aged 40 to 74. This will also identify other conditions such as high blood pressure. You can also get an estimate of your risk for Type 2 diabetes using the Diabetes UK Know Your Risk score. If worried about your risk, please contact your GP practice.”

The Diabetes UK Know Your Risk score is available at https://riskscore.diabetes.org.uk/start

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* Source: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/nhs-diabetes-prevention-programme-non-diabetic-hyperglycaemia

The report, compiled by PHE’s National Cardiovascular Health Intelligence Network (NCVIN), provides the most accurate and robust estimate of how many people over 16 have blood sugar levels in a range indicating a high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, otherwise known as non-diabetic hyperglycaemia.

**Source: https://bit.ly/2VYPkmJ  

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