Type 2 Diabetes
A record number of people in the UK are living with Type 2 diabetes. This figure has more than doubled since 1996. Sadly many people will experience potentially preventable complications because of diabetes, simply because they don’t know enough about their condition and how to manage it.
The good news is if you’re at risk of Type 2 diabetes there are lots of small changes you can make to prevent diabetes from developing in the first place. The first thing to do is find out if you are at risk by clicking here to calculate your risk score. If you find you are at a high risk of developing diabetes, you can register for the NHS Diabetic Prevention Programme via this website. If you have already been informed by the GP that you are at a high risk of developing diabetes you can register for the programme here.
Fast Online Access to NHS Weight Loss Services
A third of people who have died in hospital from Covid-19 had diabetes.
Therefore, people who are at high risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes can be fast-tracked into the flagship Healthier You NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme due to the extra risks posed by the coronavirus pandemic. Rapid access to the programme is now available following research that revealed those living with diabetes face a significantly higher risk of dying with Covid-19.
The programme, which supports people to lose weight and adopt healthier habits, is the first national initiative of its kind in the world and has already helped hundreds of thousands of people. You are able to calculate your risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes by answering questions and being given a risk score. If your score comes back as moderate or high, you will be able to refer yourself to a local Healthier You service for support remotely or online, without having to go through a healthcare professional.
Those who qualify will be able to choose how they complete the programme, either by joining group sessions by video link or telephone with an experienced coach or through digital support, which includes online peer support groups and in some areas, wearable tech.
Find out if you’re one of over 5 million people in the UK who are at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
Type 1 Diabetes
Type 1 Diabetes advice during the coronavirus outbreak
- Updates about coronavirus from Diabetes UK
- NHS helpline for adults who use insulin: call 0345 123 2399 (Monday to Friday from 9am to 6pm)
- Online courses and advice from My Type 1 Diabetes
- Help and advice for children and young people on DigiBete