Diabetes Prevention Week 2019

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Supporting DPW

For Diabetes Prevention Week this year, which runs from 1 - 7 April 2019, health leaders in Leicestershire are urging people to find out if they run the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

Members of the public will be able to get a FREE diabetes risk check, and get further information about preventing and living with Type 2 diabetes at a number of drop-in events happening this week across the County: 

  • Wednesday 3 April: Hockley Farm Medical Practice, Braunstone Health and Social Care Centre, 39 Hockley Farm Road, Leicester, LE3 1HN, 10am – 5pm
  • Thursday 4 April: Tesco, Blaby Road, South Wigston, Leicestershire, LE18 4SE,10am – 5pm
  • Friday 5 April: Market Hall, Coalville, Leicestershire, LE67 3FJ, 10am – 5pm

People unable to attend the events can still get an estimate of their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by using the online Diabetes Risk Score tool, developed by Diabetes UK, the University of Leicester and University Hospital of Leicester NHS Trust.

More than five million people in England are estimated to be at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes can cause serious long-term health problems. 

Dr Mayur Lakhani, a Leicestershire GP said: “Type 2 diabetes is linked to lifestyle and represents a real threat to health. If untreated, it can lead to stroke, blindness, heart disease, kidney failure and lower limb amputation. If someone is at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, it can still be prevented through losing weight, eating healthily and being more active. Your GP practice can offer advice, support and referral to a specialist programme if you think you are at risk of developing diabetes.”

There are some groups at higher risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, including:

  • men
  • those from some segments of the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community
  • the overweight
  • those with a family history of the disease

For patients considered high risk, the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NDPP) provides FREE tailored, personalised help to reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes including education on healthy eating and lifestyle, help to lose weight and bespoke physical exercise programmes. The NDPP is available all over the country. So take the test and speak to your GP to find out if you are eligible and for a referral. 

 

Diabetes Prevention Programme Story

At Risk Groups 

NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme 

Type 2 Diabetes Call To Action