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Know your risk of developing type 2 diabetes this World Diabetes Day

Person with diabetes taking a finger prick test to test blood sugar levelsTags Adults , Family , Residents

World Diabetes Day takes place on Wednesday 14 November and this year, local people are being urged to check their risk of developing type 2 diabetes with a simple test.

According to the Barking and Dagenham Diabetes Support Group, there are 9,500 people in the borough living with diabetes. Most worryingly, while 1 in 13 adults in the borough with diabetes are registered with a GP, it’s estimated that closer to 1 in 11 people have the condition. This means that a significant proportion of the local population are undiagnosed.

Diabetes can be deadly if left untreated

Left untreated, type 2 diabetes can lead to serious and even life-threatening health conditions, such as heart disease, nerve damage, kidney damage and more. However, type 2 diabetes is preventable, and can be avoided by making slight changes to your lifestyle and diet.

Being overweight or obese is one of the main risk factors for type 2 diabetes – you are seven times more likely to develop diabetes if you are obese compared to someone of a healthy weight. You are also more at risk if you are over 40, have a close relative with diabetes, or are of south Asian, Chinese, African Caribbean or black African origin – even if you were born in the UK.

Councillor Maureen Worby, Cabinet Member for Social Care and Health Integration, said: “Diabetes is a lifelong condition and it is important that our residents take it seriously. If you are part of one of the high-risk groups, I urge you to spend a few minutes today taking the test, to check how high your risk is. If you need help reducing your risk, or advice on living with diabetes, you can find lots of useful information and guidance on our Care & Support Hub.”

Know your risk by taking a simple quiz

If you’re in one or more of the at-risk categories and you’re worried about diabetes, you can find out your risk level by completing a simple online quiz. It won’t take more than five minutes, but could be the difference between leading a healthy life, or having to manage a lifelong medical condition.  

For more support or information on type 2 diabetes, head to the Care & Support Hub

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