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Health Matters: Diabetes Prevention Week

Health Matters: Diabetes Prevention Week
01 April 2019

Katie Mills RGN, clinical lead for diabetes at NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG

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.

If you are diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes it may have a huge impact on you and your family, as you may have to make lots of changes to the way you live your life.

That’s why the CCG is supporting Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Week this week (1-7 April) and raising awareness of the steps you can take to reduce your risk and the support available for people in Eastern Cheshire.

Type 2 diabetes is a serious health condition that causes the level of sugar (glucose) in the blood to become too high. Having too much glucose in your blood causes issues like needing to wee a lot, being incredibly thirsty, and feeling very tired. You may also lose weight, get infections like thrush or suffer from slow healing wounds.

Don’t worry though, you can prevent or delay lots of these problems by taking action such as losing weight, increasing physical activity and improving your diet.

Your local Healthier You service can support you in making these positive changes, helping to put your health back in your hands and reduce your risk. It is a sustained lifestyle change programme, delivered in local settings and over a quarter of a million people have been referred into the programme so far.

You can find out if you are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by:

  • Answering a few simple questions on the ‘Know Your Risk’ tool at diabetes.org.uk/cheshire
  • Taking up the offer of a free NHS Health Check to assess your risk of Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and other conditions such as high blood pressure (available for those aged 40-74).
  • Asking your GP or Practice Nurse to check if you are at risk.

If you are at risk and would like to attend the Healthier You service in your area, please ask your GP or Practice Nurse to refer you.