NHS Knowsley CCG are supporting the first Diabetes Prevention We

From Monday 16 April 2018, NHS Knowsley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are supporting the first ever Diabetes Prevention Week to raise awareness of Type 2 diabetes and the complications that come with the condition.

In partnership with Public Health England and NHS England; it’s estimated that more than five million people in England are at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, but it can still be preventable with simple lifestyle changes.

Dr Mike Merriman, Knowsley GP and Diabetes CRG Chair said:

“Knowsley CCG is proud to support and promote the National Diabetes Prevention Campaign and is working closely with its stakeholder to support the campaign locally.

“Within Knowsley, Diabetes diagnosis is above the national average, to ensure the continued management of this we have a range of services in place to support the prevention, diagnosis, education and care management of diabetes.

“If you are high risk of developing type 2 diabetes the CCG encourages its community to use the resources available to them to help prevent developing Type 2 diabetes.” 

Anyone can develop Type 2 diabetes but those in the following groups are at a higher risk:

·         People who are overweight.

·         Those of South Asian, African-Caribbean or Black- African descent.

·         Men.

·         If there is family history of diabetes.

·         People with high blood pressure.

If you are concerned about developing diabetes, ask your doctor or practice nurse for a blood test to check your blood sugar levels and make enquiries about local support services.  

Go to https://riskscore.diabetes.org.uk/start to get an estimate of your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.