Diabetes is found in nearly one third of people who die with COVID-19. Are you at risk?
Every 2 minutes someone finds out that they have Type 2 diabetes, while thousands of others go undiagnosed. You might be at risk.
Unlike Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 is often related to excess body fat leading to issues with how the insulin hormone breaks down glucose in the body. Left untreated, the condition will get progressively worse, resulting in serious consequences for your physical and mental health.
Type 2 diabetes is the leading cause of preventable vision loss and is a major contributor to kidney failure, heart disease, heart attacks, and limb loss. Furthermore, the risk of COVID-19 related in-hospital death in doubled by Type 2 diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes is far more common than you may realise: staggering new data shows that the number of people diagnosed with diabetes is more than double what it was 20 years ago, and could end up affecting 1 in 10 people by 2035.
If you are over 50, overweight, have high blood pressure or are related to someone with diabetes, you’re immediately at higher risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. However, diabetes can affect anyone, and left undiagnosed it can lead to serious health consequences, and even death.
If you are at risk, it is critical that you act now.
The NHS is currently funding a diabetes prevention programme, ‘Healthier You’, which provides support to at-risk individuals in making lifestyle changes that will lower their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Lifestyle changes such as improved diet and increased exercise have been proven to reduce a person’s risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, and could end up saving your life.
Completely free, the programme gives people the tools they need to manage their weight and lower their blood pressure through personalised diet and physical activity programmes. 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. Although the programme is normally delivered in groups at different times and locations, right now it’s offered over telephone or group video conference, or online through apps and websites.
What people are saying “I feel that being part of a group all facing the same problems was an important aspect of the course”
If you have never discussed Type 2 diabetes with your doctor, it’s critical that you find out if you are at risk as soon as possible so that you can take action for a healthier future. The quickest way to find out if you’re at risk is by completing a short online assessment on the Healthier You website.
Based on factors such as your age and ethnicity, as well as your height, weight and waist measurements, the online assessment will indicate whether you are at high, moderate, increased or low risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Those who are at moderate or high risk should immediately self-refer for the Healthier You programme with a local provider.
Don’t leave it until it’s too late. Take the online assessment now, and set yourself up for a healthier future.