Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus Prevention Week 2021
By completing this tool, in England you may be eligible for the Healthier You NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme.
What is Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Week?
Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Week is a joint campaign from NHS England, Public Health England and Diabetes UK. The campaign aims to raise awareness of Type 2 diabetes, how to prevent it, and at-risk groups, and encourages patients to check their risk via the Diabetes UK Know Your Risk tool.
What is the Healthier You NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme?
The Healthier You NHS Diabetes Prevention programme is a free lifestyle change programme for people at risk of Type 2 diabetes.
Who is eligible for the Healthier You NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme?
Patients are eligible for the programme if they are: aged over 18, not pregnant and registered with a GP practice. They can self-refer on to the programme if they score ‘moderate’ or ‘high’ on the Diabetes UK Know Your Risk tool.
Patients referred via their GP practice after a blood test must have a HbA1c between 42-47 mmol/mol (6.0-6.4%) or Fasting Plasma Glucose between 5.5-6.9 mmol/I within the last 24 months.
You can prevent Type 2 diabetes by eating a healthy, balanced diet, maintaining a healthy weight and keeping physically active.
People living with diabetes face a significantly higher risk of dying with COVID-19.
There are some groups at higher risk of Type 2 diabetes: men, people of South Asian or Black ethnicity, people who are overweight and people with a family history of Type 2 diabetes.
Find out your risk of Type 2 diabetes by using the Diabetes UK Know Your Risk Score at riskscore.diabetes.org.uk or by searching ‘Know Your Risk’.
If your score comes back as ‘at risk’, sign up to your free local Healthier You programme via self-referral.
Or, if you think you or a family member may be at risk, ask at your GP practice about your free local Healthier You programme.