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

You’ve just found out you’re at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. But you don’t have it yet.

Around 3 in 5 cases of type 2 diabetes can be delayed or prevented. We need to make simple changes in our everyday lives.
Unfortunately, some of the risk factors for type 2 diabetes can’t be changed such as your age, ethnic background or family history.

However, the good news is everyone can make changes in their lifestyle that will help reduce your risk:

  • Eat well
  • Move more
  • Lose weight (if you’re over weight)

Getting active

swimmingMove more and get active to help you feel great and stay healthy. There’s plenty going on locally in Sandwell that you can access directly. Furthermore, the Public Health Development Officers work with local organisations to support local people access physical activity. You can search for classes and sessions that are running near you by visiting our activities section.

Find out more about how to get activity into your everyday, as well as 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 this makes you feel great. We direct you to lots of yummy recipes and information about a healthy diet on our pages on the website which you can access by clicking here.


Are you at risk?

You can speak to a health care professional to discuss your risk of type 2 diabetes in more detail. As well, a simple blood test can be done to understand your risk. 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. We help you to make lifestyle changes to help prevent the onset of Type 2 diabetes. Learn more about the programme and see what’s on offer. Contact Healthy Sandwell today.

Still need help?

Send an enquiry to our friendly Healthy Sandwell team.

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