It’s World Diabetes Day on 14 November, a day to raise awareness of diabetes and find out if there is anything we can do to help ourselves.
Diabetes UK say about a million people in the UK are thought to have Type2 diabetes and not yet know it. And knowing your risk at any point in time is of course helpful in avoiding or preventing a diagnosis of Type2 diabetes.
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Let’s find out what Paul, from Leeds, did when he found that he was at risk of Type 2 diabetes.
When Paul visited the doctor for an NHS health check he was shocked to discover his high blood sugar levels put him at risk of Type 2 diabetes.
Paul has a family history of diabetes. His parents had the disease and his two sisters have also been confirmed as diabetic, so he has seen first-hand the impact it can have on his health if he did nothing about it.
“It was the wake-up call I needed. I reviewed what I ate and decided to lose weight and take more exercise. Now I have lost two-and-a-half stone and my blood results show that my sugar levels have reduced, taking me out of the high risk category.
It’s a shock when you first find out you are at risk of diabetes, but there is a lot of information and support to help you to make some lifestyle changes so that you can reduce your risk. If you have been told you are at high risk of diabetes or would like more information about the Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme please ask your GP or visit www.ingeushealthieryou.co.uk