Understand the risks this Diabetes Prevention Week (16-22 April)

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Health leaders in Leicestershire are urging patients to find out if they run the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by attending events in Leicestershire and Rutland where they can be tested for the illness and find out more about how they can reduce the risk.

The Silver Star Mobile Diabetes Unit will be at:

  • Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre, Rothley St, Leicester LE4 6LF (10am – 5pm, Mon 16 April)
  • Oakham Market Day - Market location, Market Place Oakham LE15 6DT (9am – 5pm, Sat 21 April)

People unable to attend the events can still get an estimate of their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. An online assessment, developed by Diabetes UK, the University of Leicester and the University Hospital of Leicester NHS Trust is available at https://riskscore.diabetes.org.uk/start.

More than five million people in England are estimated to be at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
Leicestershire GP, Dr Mayur Lakhani, said: “Type 2 diabetes is linked to lifestyle and represents a real threat to health. If untreated, it can lead to stroke, blindness, heart disease, kidney failure and lower limb amputation. "If someone is at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, it can still be prevented through losing weight, eating healthily and being more active. "Your GP practice can offer advice, support and referral to a specialist programme if you think you are at risk of developing diabetes.”

For patients considered high risk, the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NDPP) provides FREE tailored, personalised help to reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes including education on healthy eating and lifestyle, help to lose weight and bespoke physical exercise programmes.

The NDPP is available all over the country. So take the test and speak to your GP to find out if you are eligible and for a referral. Find out more www.westleicestershireccg.nhs.uk/page/diabetes-prevention-week 

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