Wakefield residents are being urged to eat well, stay active and be aware of risk factors in order to help reduce their chance of developing of Type 2 diabetes. It comes during Diabetes Prevention Week (1-7 April 2019).
If a person has Type 2 diabetes, the insulin their body makes either doesn’t work effectively, or not enough insulin is produced.
This means that glucose can’t get into cells and so starts to build up in the blood. This can lead to people developing a host of long term health complications.
Tens of thousands of people across the district are at risk of type 2 diabetes.
Anna Hartley, Director of Public Health at Wakefield Council, said: “Type 2 diabetes is a leading cause of preventable sight loss in people of working age and is a major contributor to kidney failure, heart attack and stroke.
"It can also damage limbs and lead to amputations. But with the right treatment and care, Type 2 diabetes can be managed and potentially reversed.”
Some people are more at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes than others, and the risks increase with age. People are more at risk if they’re white and over 40 or they’re of African-Caribbean, Black African, or South Asian heritage and over 25. If someone has a parent, brother, sister or a child with diabetes their risk is more than double.
Anna added: “Lifestyle choices are so important. Being overweight, especially round the middle, leading a sedentary lifestyle and having high blood pressure are major factors. Looking after your health by having a good diet and getting regular exercise will help prevent Type 2 diabetes.”
Nationally, a record number of people in the UK are living with Type 2 diabetes. This figure has more than doubled since 1996.
To help, the Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme has been delivered Wakefield since June 2017.
By 2020 it is expected to provide support to 100,000 individuals each year.
Dr Phil Earnshaw, Chair of Wakefield CCG and local GP, said: “If you think you might benefit from the programme you need to get a referral from your GP or a health check professional.
“People using the service will receive tailored, personalised support to reduce their risk of Type 2 diabetes including education on healthy eating and lifestyle, help to lose weight and physical exercise programmes, all of which together have been proven to reduce the risk of developing the condition.”
Notes to editors:
Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Week
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, at-risk groups and how to prevent it.
Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme
The Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention programme is a free lifestyle change programme for people at high-risk of Type 2 diabetes.
You can find out if you are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by:
• Answering a few simple questions on the ‘Know Your Risk’ tool at www.diabetes.org.uk/risk
• Taking up the offer of a free NHS Health Check to assess your risk of Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and other conditions such as high blood pressure (available for those aged 40-74)
• Asking your GP or Practice Nurse to check if you are at risk
For press enquiries, please contact the CCG’s Communications Team on press.officewakefieldccg.nhsuk or on 01924 315 726.