It’s National Diabetes Awareness day on 14 November and what with the rise in obesity, no-sugar diets in the news and worries about what to do here is something you can do that only takes a couple of minutes.
Find out if you are at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. You can do this by visiting http://www.diabetes.org.uk/knowyourrisk.
Then read about Shirley Rose from Leeds she found out she was at risk of developing type 2 diabetes following a blood test carried out as part of an NHS Health Check at her GP practice. So what did Shirley do next?Shirley’s story
Shirley said, “My son has Type1 diabetes so I really understand the impact that diabetes has on people and their families. He couldn’t do anything to prevent his condition, but I could do something about mine. When I was referred to the NHS Healthier You Diabetes Prevention Programme, I was determined to see it through.
“The programme has been brilliant. I really enjoy the sessions and they opened my eyes to what I was eating. I’ve learned about calories, carbohydrates and fat and how important it is to read labels.
“I now eat smaller portions and make healthier food choices. I also do lots of walking with my husband. I used to hate walking but now I love it!
“The NHS Healthier You Diabetes Prevention Programme has introduced me – and my husband – to healthier living. This is it for us now, we’re going to stick with it because it really works – my last blood test showed that my blood sugar and cholesterol levels had both come down, which is brilliant.
“I’d encourage anyone who’s referred to the programme to take part in it. It’s been life changing for me and it could be for you too.”
You could also be eligible for an NHS health check. This is a free check-up of your overall health. It can tell you whether you’re at higher risk of getting certain health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease and a stroke. If you’re over 65, you will also be told the signs and symptoms of dementia to look out for.
You can find out more information about diabetes and other health conditions on the following websites:
The Diabetes UK website has a wide range of information, advice, support and education resources for people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
The NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group website also has an information page on Diabetes with local information on what they are doing in Leeds.
If you’re not sure if you’re eligible for an NHS health check and would like one, or if you are eligible but haven’t had a health check in the last five years, speak to your GP to find out more.