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What is Type 2 diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes is a serious condition where the insulin your pancreas makes can’t work properly, or your pancreas can’t make enough insulin. This means your blood glucose (sugar) levels keep rising.

Preventing Type 2 diabetes

Research has consistently shown that for some people, combined lifestyle interventions – including diet, physical activity and sustained weight loss – can be effective in reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes by about 50%. We’re here to support you.

Your risk increases with age. You’re more at risk if you’re white and over 40 or over 25 if you’re African-Caribbean, Black African, or South Asian.

You’re two to six times more likely to get type 2 diabetes if you have a parent, brother, sister or child with diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes is two to four times more likely in people of South Asian descent and African-Caribbean or Black African descent.

You’re more at risk if you’ve ever had high blood pressure.

You’re more at risk of type 2 diabetes if you’re carrying extra weight, especially if this weight is around your middle.

Know Your Risk

You can find out your risk of type 2 diabetes now. It only takes a few minutes. It could be the most important thing you do today.

Before you use the tool to find out your risk, you need to take a few measurements: your waist size, your height and your weight.

Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme

Your local Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme is here to support people at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

Programmes will be held in a range of locations across Lincolnshire East, Lincolnshire West, South Lincolnshire and South West Lincolnshire. Find out more at

Case study: Richard from Gainsborough

Richard from Gainsborough joined the Healthier You NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme in January 2021.

Richard Rockall, Gainsborough

“My GP told me that my blood glucose was a bit high and that although I wasn’t yet Diabetic he explained that I might become Diabetic if I carried on as I was and that frightened me to death. I had wanted to lose weight for a long time but didn’t really know how to go about it.”

“I enjoyed the group sessions very much. I was very impressed with how knowledgeable and informed our hosts were – you could ask them questions and they clearly knew their subjects very well and it really stood out how good they were. I also learned a lot from listening to the experiences and tips from other participants in the group.”

“I have talked to friends about it and I would encourage anyone to join as its very worthwhile. I think it’s a superbly informative programme – it was very good.”

Find out your risk today and get help from the Healthier You NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme. Know your risk –

Living with type 2 diabetes

If you are living with type 2 diabetes and are over the age of 18, or care for someone who is, Healthy Living is a free online programme.

Access support at home, work or on the move at: