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Raising awareness: Know Your Risk
It’s really important that everyone understands their risk of Type 2 diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes is still widely misunderstood. Many people are not aware of the causes of Type 2 diabetes or their risk of developing it. This is why it’s so important for people across the UK to find out their risk.
Our Know Your Risk tool, developed with the University of Leicester, helps people to find out their risk and what to do to lower it.
Evidence-based points system
Know Your Risk is evidence-based and consists of seven simple questions related to age, gender, ethnicity, family history, waist measurement, Body Mass Index and blood pressure. It uses a points system to identify if a person is at low, increased, moderate or high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Based on this score, advice is provided in the form of lifestyle changes or a GP referral.
Avoids false reassurance
Know Your Risk should be used in preference to the finger prick test, as it takes into consideration the risk factors for diabetes. This avoids falsely reassuring people who may have a normal blood glucose level but might still be at risk of developing the condition.
There is no cure for diabetes. The good news is that three in five cases of Type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed.
We would be grateful if you promote this event to your staff and allow them some time during the times stated to complete the assessment. It should only take around 10 minutes.
Diabetes UK, Eastern Team
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