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Are you at risk of Type 2 diabetes? Find out now with this online assessment.

With 1 in 15 people in the UK having diabetes, the serious health condition is far more common than many people realise. It is estimated that 12.3 million people in the UK have an increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, although many aren’t aware of what factors can increase their risk.

Click here to know your risk and see if you're eligible.

People with Chinese, South Asian, African-Carribbean or Black-African ethnic backgrounds are 2 to 4 times more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes.

The older a person is, the more at risk they are of developing Type 2 diabetes and those who have a close family member with diabetes are 2 to 6 times more likely to develop the condition. Overweight individuals and those with high blood pressure are also at increased risk, with obesity being responsible for 80-85% of Type 2 diabetes cases.

This short online assessment can help identify how at-risk someone is of developing Type 2 diabetes. The NHS estimates that 1 in 4 ‘high risk’ individuals will develop Type 2 diabetes within the next 10 years. Those who score ‘moderate or high risk’ should take action immediately for a healthier future.

Far more common than Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 is often linked to excess body fat and develops when the body doesn’t respond normally to its own insulin and/or does not produce enough insulin. The symptoms of Type 2 diabetes tend to appear gradually, and may even take years before a person notices. More than half of those who are diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes have no symptoms when they are diagnosed, and many weren’t aware that they were at high risk of developing the condition.

Left untreated, Type 2 diabetes will get progressively worse and early diagnosis is critical to reduce the risk of developing serious complications later on. Insulin resistance can cause serious long-term health problems, including vision loss and blindness; heart disease, strokes and heart attacks; kidney failure; and limb amputation. In many cases, these diabetes-related conditions are fatal. Furthermore, the risk of COVID-19 related in-hospital death is doubled by Type 2 diabetes.

But there is something you can do.

By making positive lifestyle changes, the onset of Type 2 diabetes can be prevented or prolonged.

That is exactly the thinking behind the NHS-funded ‘Healthier You’ programme which will support 200,000 at-risk individuals every year to reduce their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Completely free to participants, the programme will provide them with personalised action plans for improving their diet, increasing physical activity and losing weight where appropriate.

That is exactly the thinking behind the NHS-funded ‘Healthier You’ programme which will support 200,000 at-risk individuals every year to reduce their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Completely free to participants, the programme will provide them with personalised action plans for improving their diet, increasing physical activity and losing weight where appropriate.

To help you keep focused and motivated on your goals, you’ll have access to trained health coaches, and you’ll be able to meet other people in your area who are also trying to reduce their risk of Type 2 diabetes. Right now, the programme is being offered over telephone or group video conference, or online through apps and websites.

Although not all of the risk factors for Type 2 diabetes can be changed, the programme empowers participants to have more control over the risk factors that they can change.

Those who score ‘moderate or high risk’ on the online assessment should self-refer for the Healthier You programme immediately so that they can receive support to lower their risk and ensure a brighter, healthier future for themselves.

It might be the most important thing you do today.

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