Reduce your risk of diabetes

Published: Friday 29th March 19

See if you are at risk of developing diabetes and find out about local support to stay healthy during Diabetes Prevention Week next week.

In Wandsworth 23,000 people are on the verge of getting Type 2 Diabetes, but 80 per cent of these cases are preventable through regular exercise, eating varied and healthy foods and keeping your weight down.

There are two main types of diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2. They’re different conditions: Type 1 is not to do with being overweight and it’s not preventable.  Ninety per cent of cases are Type 2, and one of the biggest risk factors is being overweight. Age, ethnicity and family history can also have an impact and you may also be at risk if you have ever had high blood pressure.

Many people do not realise they are at risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes, so Wandsworth Council is encouraging residents to find out if they are at risk of developing the condition by using a quick and simple online tool.

If you are high risk, you can ask your GP to refer you to the NHS Healthier You diabetes prevention programme. This offers tailored, personalised support including education on healthy eating, help to lose weight and exercise programmes, to change your lifestyles and reduce your risk.

The council’s health spokesman Cllr Paul Ellis said: “Diabetes affects so many of our residents and can have profound and long-term effects on their lives, but in many cases it is preventable. If you are at risk there are steps you can take and support on offer so I would encourage everyone to spend a few minutes taking the online test.”

A network of Diabetes Champions works in the borough helping local people understand more about diabetes and how to prevent developing Type 2 Diabetes. One of the champions, Paul Dong, became a champion to put something back, after receiving years of medical help: “I got Type 2 diabetes through lack of knowledge.  Now I am trying to make sure that others can avoid it by not making the same lifestyle mistakes.

“Once you have diabetes it is progressive, with life changing complications, but with the correct lifestyle you can slow it down.”

The diabetes champions will be in the town hall during the week chatting residents so go along to one of the following sessions:

Wandsworth Town Hall reception

  • Monday April 1 from 12pm
  • Wednesday April 3 from 11am-3pm
  • Thursday April 4 from 3.15pm
  • Friday April 5 from 11am-3pm

For other local support available to help you live a healthier life visit  www.wandsworth.gov.uk/oneyou.

For further  information about diabetes visit  www.diabetes.org.uk and www.nhs.uk/diabetes