Preventing type 2 diabetes Click to get info
Top tips to help you prevent Type 2 diabetes
- Use your Know Your Risk tool to find out your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. It only takes three minutes and can help prevent worse outcomes.
- If you're at risk, sign up to your local Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NDPP) for a FREE 9 month personalised nutrition and exercise programme. Ask your GP or you can also self-refer directly with the NDPP online (email: firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 0333 577 3010)
- Get support in Waltham Forest to maintain a healthy weight using FREE resources such as NHS health checks and HENRY’s Best start and others
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Services in Waltham Forest to help prevent diabetes and healthy living Click to get info
Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme in Waltham Forest identifies those at high risk of Diabetes (who have high blood sugars above the normal range), offering them a personalised service, including tailored weight loss, healthy eating and exercise programme, to help to reduce their risk of Type 2 diabetes. Speak to your GP about getting a blood test. Complete this questionnaire to find out if you are at risk of diabetes.
Read more about what residents from East London are saying about the Healthier You service
Free NHS Health Check – to check your risk of Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and other conditions (available for those aged 40 to 74).
Each Waltham Forest Children and families’ centres hub through the HENRY Best start service have trained nutritionists and champions, who offer group, drop ins and one on one sessions to families with children five years and under. Call 0208 496 5223 to get support.
NELFT nutrition and dietetic service offers expert nutritional advice and weight management service on a one to one and group sessions basis.
Diabetes Action CIC work with individuals, schools and faith groups to support affordable healthy eating and raise awareness about diabetes. DAC also offer FREE online cooking classes, fitness sessions and mindfulness (contact: Monica Saunders on email@example.com or call: 07958404160)
Bags of Taste offer cooking lessons around cooking healthy tasty meals on a low budget. They currently offer sessions virtually
NELFT and Bartshealth (Whippscross) offer support to people with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes around managing the disease.
- Waltham Forest Diabetes UK Group support group for people living with diabetes, their carers or friends (contact: John Fisher on firstname.lastname@example.org)
What is Diabetes Click to get info
Diabetes is a long-term condition that causes a person's blood sugar level to become too high. It is triggered by higher than normal glucose (blood sugar) levels which in turn is caused by a lack of insulin (type 1), or impaired insulin levels (type 2)
There are two main types of diabetes; type 1 and type 2.
- Type 1 diabetes is where the body is not able to make any insulin, which our bodies need to control our blood sugar levels. The exact cause of type 1 diabetes is not clear, and there is no way to prevent it from developing.
- Type 2 diabetes is where the body produces less insulin than it needs, or the body stops reacting to insulin in the same way by becoming insulin resistant in which case it produces too much insulin. Both of these can cause blood sugar levels to become too high.
A person’s risk of type 2 diabetes tends to increase as they get older, however more children and young people are now being diagnosed. Obesity is a significant risk factor for type 2 diabetes. Some groups, such as people of black or south Asian ethnicity, or those with close relatives with type 2 diabetes are also at increased risk.
- Gestational Diabetes
Some pregnant women suffer from what is called gestational diabetes, as their bodies cannot produce enough insulin. This diabetes often goes away after the baby has been born but can cause problems during or after pregnancy – this can often be avoided if gestational diabetes is detected early and kept an eye on, and treatment given if necessary.
More information on diabetes can be found on the NHS website.
Identifying diabetes Click to get info
Nearly seven per cent of the adult population has diabetes in Waltham Forest. Another three per cent of adults are thought to have diabetes which has not been diagnosed yet.
Diabetes is diagnosed using blood tests, and a few tests may be needed to confirm the diagnosis.
If you have any of these symptoms, speak to your GP:
- feeling very thirsty
- passing urine more often than usual, particularly at night
- blurred vision
- cuts or wounds that heal slowly
- feeling very tired
- weight loss and loss of muscle bulk.
Get more information about NHS Health Checks and how they can help to prevent diabetes and other long term conditions.
Use your Know Your Risk tool to find out your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. It only takes three minutes