Meeting the diabetes challenge in Barking and Dagenham

01 April 2019

Diabetes is one of the biggest challenges facing the NHS.

There are now 3.8 million people living with a diagnosis of diabetes in the UK – 90 per cent of them with Type 2 which is closely linked to obesity.

But it’s important to know that making small changes to your lifestyle now can make a big difference to your future health. This means you can reduce your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and the serious complications that can come with it.

Controlling your weight is vital so it’s important to have a healthy balanced diet. That means eating more fruit, vegetables and other healthier sources of carbohydrates such as pulses and brown rice, cutting down on salt, added sugar and red meat, and drinking sensibly. At the same time, it’s important to stay active as regular exercise helps you maintain a healthy weight. Try to aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity a week.

Having expert advice to help you make the right choices can make this even easier. That's why your local NHS is working to help people reduce their diabetes risk.

In April, we will be supporting the second Diabetes Prevention Week to raise awareness of the Healthier You programme – a free NHS service to reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. To find out if you’re at risk, arrange to see your GP or practice nurse or book in for an NHS health check (if you’re aged 40-74).

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