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Diabetes Prevention Week 16 – 22 April 2018

Diabetes Prevention Week 16 – 22 April 2018

People across Lincolnshire are being urged to learn more about the risks of diabetes during Diabetes Prevention Week, which runs from April 16 to 22 and aims to make people more aware of the risks of Type 2 diabetes.

In Lincolnshire, 50,000 people are living with diabetes, which is roughly eight per cent of the population.

  • Type 2 diabetes is often linked to lifestyle. It can represent a threat to health and if untreated it can lead to stroke, blindness, heart disease, kidney failure and lower limb amputation.
  • Even if you are at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, it can still be prevented by losing weight, eating healthily and being more active.
  • You can help to prevent Type 2 diabetes by making small, simple lifestyle changes such as not taking sugar in your tea or coffee, walking to the shop instead of driving and eating brown bread instead of white bread.

Over 7,600 patients have now referred within Greater Lincolnshire to the National Diabetes Prevention Programme, a nine month programme for those patients at risk of developing diabetes.

The programme provides personalised help to reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes through improved food choices, weight loss and personal exercise programmes.

Your GP practice is able to refer you to the programme if your blood sugar reading is within the eligible range.

It is free to attend and programmes are running locally to where you live.

 

A series of events are being held across Lincolnshire during Diabetes Prevention Week to raise awareness of Type 2 diabetes and the National Diabetes Prevention Programme.

For the Skegness area, an event is being held on the following date:

Friday, April 20th,  10.00 am to 16.00 pm at The Hildreds Shopping Centre, Skegness, PE25 3NR

 

To get an estimate of your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, click the link below:

https://riskscore.diabetes.org.uk/start

 

To find out more about diabetes, click on the links below:

https://www.diabetes.org.uk/

 

For more information on the 230th April event, click the link below:

DPW Skegness poster

 

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