What is type 2 diabetes?
Every two minutes someone finds out that they have type 2 diabetes. If current trends persist, 1 in 10 people will develop type 2 diabetes by 2035
Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body either doesn’t produce enough insulin or the insulin it does produce doesn’t work properly (insulin resistance). It can be a combination of both.
Diabetes can cause serious long-term health problems. It’s a leading cause of vision loss in people of working age. It’s also responsible for most cases of kidney failure and lower limb amputation (other than accidents). People with diabetes are at least twice as likely to develop heart disease or have a stroke than those without diabetes.
Furthermore, the risk of COVID-19 related in-hospital death is doubled by type 2 diabetes. Diabetes is found in nearly one third of people who die with COVID-19
What is the Healthier You programme?
Your free local Healthier You programme provides valuable support to help you put your health back in your hands and reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes It offers a range of personalised support to help you do just that. From helping you eat well, to tips on achieving a healthy weight and physical activity – the service is here to support you on your journey back to a Healthier You To help you keep focused and motivated on your goals, you’ll have access to trained health coaches, and you’ll be able to meet other people in your area who are also trying to reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes. We know it can be tough to make lifestyle changes but with the right help it is possible to make the simple changes that can significantly reduce your risk Do it for yourself and also do it for the people who care about you