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Understand your risk and prevent Type 2 diabetes

Release Date: 13 November 2020

For World Diabetes Day (14 November), Richmond Council and its Public Health team are calling for residents to find out their risk of Type 2 diabetes and make healthy changes to their lifestyle to prevent the disease from developing. 

It is estimated that 15,000 people living in the borough and 2 million people living in England are at high risk of getting Type 2 diabetes. Finding out whether you are at risk only takes a few minutes and it could be the most important thing you do today. Start your quick and easy online assessment

Around 3 in 5 cases of Type 2 diabetes can be prevented by maintaining a healthy weight, eating well and by being active. If you are at risk you can also access the ‘Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme’ to get tailored, personalised support for free. Sign up to the NHS Diabetes prevention programme.

Find further information on diabetes prevention

Cllr Piers Allen, Lead Member for Adult Social Services, Health and Housing, and Chair of the Richmond Health and Wellbeing Board, said: 

“Type 2 diabetes is a very serious condition but there are lots of things you can do to help prevent the disease.  

“You may be more at risk due to your ethnicity, age and weight. Please take the time this World Diabetes Day to find out your risk and then make positive changes to your lifestyle to help reduce the risk and become healthier.” 

Notes for editors

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Reference: P449/20

Updated: 24 March 2021