Type 2 diabetes

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 https://preventing-diabetes.co.uk/lincolnshire.

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 wanted to lose weight for a long time but didn’t really know how to go about it.”

“The group sessions were very enjoyable. and 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. Listening to the experiences and tips from other participants in the group was valuable, I learned a lot”

“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 – riskscore.diabetes.org.uk

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: http://healthyliving.nhs.uk.