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How can I reduce my risk of getting type 2 diabetes?

Around 3 in 5 cases of type 2 diabetes can be delayed or prevented by making simple changes in our everyday lives.
Some of the risk factors for type 2 diabetes can’t be changed; things like your age, ethnic background or family history.

The good news is everyone can make changes in their lifestyle that will help reduce your risk of getting the condition.

Getting active

swimmingMoving more, and getting active can help you feel great and help you stay healthy. There’s loads going on locally in Sandwell that you can access directly. The Community Activity Network work with local organisations to support local people access physical activity around Sandwell. You can search for classes and sessions that are running near you by visiting the CAN website.

For more information about how to get more activity into your everyday, find loads of top tips and information here.


Eating better

healthy eatingA healthy diet and maintaining a healthy weight is essential in staying healthy as you get older. It’s easier than you think to eat well and feel great. We have lots of yummy recipes and information about a healthy diet on our Eatwell pages on the website, which you can access by clicking here.


You can speak to a health care professional to discuss your risk of type 2 diabetes in more detail. A simple blood test can be done to understand your risk and this can be done at your GP surgery or by having an NHS Health Check.

There’s local free support to help people who know they are at risk of diabetes to help make lifestyle changes to help prevent the onset of Type 2 diabetes. Learn more about the programme and see what’s on offer!

Still need help?

Send an enquiry to our friendly Healthy Sandwell team.

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