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Increase your awareness of diabetes this World Diabetes Day

11 November 2021

Sunday 14 November is World Diabetes Day and Richmond Council is encouraging residents to take steps to understand their diabetes risk.

Diabetes is a long-term condition affecting children and adults. There are two types of diabetes; type 1 diabetes is where the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the cells that produce insulin which usually starts in childhood and type 2 diabetes is where the body does not produce enough insulin or react to insulin commonly starts in adulthood. Both types of diabetes lead to high blood sugar levels which can lead to serious health complications such as eyesight issues and increased chances of heart attacks, strokes and kidney problems.It is thought 90% of adults with diabetes in the UK have type 2 diabetes. Increased awareness and having healthier lifestyles and behaviours can help manage type 2 diabetes and, in most instances, reduce the risk of getting the disease.There are around 15,000 people living in Richmond upon Thames who are at high risk of getting type 2 diabetes.Find out your risk by using the Diabetes UK Know Your Risk Score. It is a quick and easy online tool with seven simple questions. Within a few minutes you will know if you are at low, increased, moderate or high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Know the signs and symptoms of diabetes and if there is any family history of diabetes is also important. If at moderate or high risk (score of 16 and above), sign up to the free NHS Healthier You programme in Richmond – a personalised prevention programme that will reduce your risk of Type 2 diabetes by encouraging you to eat well, move more and lose weight (if needed). You should also visit your GP surgery for a follow-up blood test to check for diabetes. If you have diabetes, managing and treating the disease is vital to avoiding serious health complications. If you have type 1 diabetes, this will involve taking insulin to control your blood sugar levels and counting the amount of carbohydrates you eat and drink. If you have type 2 diabetes, you may also need to take medication, but exercise and diet also become very important.If you have diabetes, good management and controlling blood sugar levels is vital to avoiding serious health complications.View for more information on diabetes.

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Updated: 11 November 2021