Sefton Council, in partnership with Sefton’s Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), is using World Diabetes Day (November 14) to highlight the risks associated with developing Type 2 diabetes.
Some people can have Borderline Diabetes, also known as Impaired Glucose Regulation (IGR), which is when your body is unable to control the glucose (sugar) levels in your blood as well as it used to. People with borderline diabetes are at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
The good news is that you can do something about it. By reaching a healthier weight, eating healthier food and being more physically active, you should be able to delay or prevent borderline diabetes progressing any further.
Cllr Paul Cummins, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Older People and Health, said: “Unmanaged diabetes can cause serious health problems such as blindness, kidney failure, heart disease and stroke. So it is important to know how to recognise the risks and manage or prevent diabetes through lifestyle changes.”
In Sefton around 13,000 residents are known to have Type 2 diabetes but the estimated number people over 16 with diabetes, across the borough, is more than 16,000.
Research shows that in most cases Type 2 diabetes is linked with being overweight, in England obese adults are five times more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes than adults of a healthy weight; over half of Sefton adults are currently classed as overweight or obese.
Dr Nigel Taylor, NHS South Sefton CCG’s diabetes lead, said: “We’re seeing more and more patients in our local practices testing positive for Type 2 diabetes, so it’s really important for people to know that it can be prevented. For most of us, this can be by eating well and exercising regularly.
“For those at greatest risk of developing Type 2 diabetes we have worked with the Merseyside Diabetes Network to develop a special service, so we can better support people to stay healthy and well and prevent the condition from developing.”
You are at increased risk of Type 2 diabetes if you are:
- Obese, overweight especially if you have a large tummy
- Over 40 (or 25 if you are South Asian)
- Have a family member- parent, brother or sister with diabetes
- Have ever had high blood pressure, a heart attack or a stroke
- Reduce your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by:
- Eating healthy foods and drinking water; irregular and unhealthy eating habits cause blood sugars to drop or spike
- Reducing your weight and achieving a healthy BMI; being overweight affects the body’s ability to process sugar in the blood
- Getting active; long periods of inactivity reduce the ability of your body to deal with sugar in your blood
NHS Southport and Formby CCG’s lead for diabetes, Dr Doug Callow, added: “For those who do test positive for Type 2 Diabetes, there is also a range of services to help them improve their lifestyle, so they can better manage their condition and prevent complications, which can prove serious. Anyone concerned about diabetes, can ask at their practice for advice. They’ll be happy to help.”
For more information on diabetes visit www.diabetes.org.uk alternatively for local information about accessing help to reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes call Active Lifestyles on 0151 934 2352 or visit theActive Lifestyles website.
You will also find advice about living with diabetes on the CCGs’ health apps. To download the apps go to either Google Play or the iTunes App Store – then search for NHS SSCCG or NHS SFCCG. You’ll find information on diabetes under ‘Health Conditions’ listed in the ‘Your health’ sections.
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