Are you at risk?

Is your tummy looking rounder than it used to? Drinking one too many tipples at the weekend and forgotten what exercise is? You could be one of the 12.3 million people at risk of getting Type 2 Diabetes. Easy changes to your lifestyle could make a huge difference – don’t wait for your doctor to frighten you into action.

ALL ABOUT BALANCE

Diabetes UK recommend eating a balanced diet taking into account your age, gender and activity. Exercise will help to reduce your weight and waist size and even manage stress and sleep.

Symptoms

A constant need for a wee, increased thirst or hunger, severe tiredness and slow healing wounds could be symptoms that indicate Type 2 diabetes so pay a visit to your doctor. With the right approach the effects and high blood sugar levels will be managed and can even be reversed.

Stats and risks for Type 2 Diabetes

Risks increase:

If you are white and over 40, or African-Caribbean, Black African or South Asian and over 25, or your parent, sibling or child has Type 2.

If you:

• have ever had high blood pressure

• are overweight, especially around the middle.

• smoke

• have ever had Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

• have a mental health condition

• spend a lot of time sitting down

• you drink too much alcohol

• your sleep is disturbed

Get a free NHS Health Check – you must be 40-74 years old and live in England.

The incidence of type 2 diabetes in children has risen as a result of the rise in weight and obesity. This is often a more aggressive form of the condition than in adults and weight and exercise must be managed.

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