Are you at risk of developing diabetes?
There are many people who are at risk of developing diabetes, if after reading the following information you believe you are at risk, please contact the surgery to arrange a health check (eligible if you are over 40 years) or a blood test to check for pre-diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes risk factors:
- If you’re over 40 and white, or over 25 and African-Caribbean, Black-African, Chinese or South Asian
- Family history of diabetes
- You’re overweight
- High blood pressure
- History of a heart attack or stroke
- History of schizophrenia, bipolar illness or depression, or if you are receiving treatment with anti-psychotic medication
- You’ve had polycystic ovaries, gestational diabetes, or a baby weighing over 10 pounds
You can’t change some of these risk factors. But others you can.
Know your risk
Diabetes UK have an interactive risk calculator on their website. Please follow the link below:
How can you reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes?
The risk of Type 2 diabetes can be reduced significantly by reducing weight, increasing physical activity and improving your diet.
There is general advice about making lifestyle changes on the NHS website
There is also a local Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme which can support you in taking action to lower your risk or even stop you developing Type 2 diabetes.
The diabetes prevention programme is an intensive 9 month evidence based education programme to help you make and sustain the lifestyle changes that will reduce your risk of developing diabetes.
There are four stages to the programme:
- Initial 1:1 face to face assessment
- Weekly 2 hour group sessions for 7 weeks covering a range on topics including: what is pre-diabetes and diabetes, what dietary changes can be made, the long term health implications and benefits of physical activity.
- Monthly 2 hour group sessions looking at motivation and barriers to change, how to gain control of your health
- A six month and nine month review of your progress and repeat HbA1c
More details are available on the patient information leaflet here:
Who is eligible for the Healthier You: NHS diabetes prevention programme?
- Aged over 18 years
- HbA1c of 44-47 I n the last 12 months(a blood test available via health check)
- Not currently pregnant
- Able to take part in light/moderate physical activity
- Not already diagnosed with diabetes
- Registered with a GP practice in Cambridge and Peterborough
If you have been told you are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and haven’t already been
referred to our service you can:
- Self-refer by contacting:
- 0333 577 3010
- Via the website preventing-diabetes.co.uk
- Ask your GP, nurse or NHS Health Check professional to refer you to your local Healthier You programme – please book an appointment with them