The NHS Health Check is a health check-up for adults in England aged 40-74. It's designed to spot early signs of long term conditions such as kidney disease, heart disease, type 2 diabetes or dementia. As we get older, we have a higher risk of developing one of these conditions. An NHS Health Check helps find ways to lower this risk.
Type 2 Diabetes
It’s estimated that over five million people in England are at high risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes. In 2017 56 of our patients developed Type 2 Diabetes.
For Type 2 Diabetes advice please visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/type-2-diabetes/ or https://www.diabetes.org.uk/
Type 2 Diabetes mostly affects older people, it comes on gradually and is treated initially with tablets. Unfortunately in the long term it represents a real threat to health as it can lead to stroke, blindness, heart disease, kidney failure and lower limb amputation. Now 630 of our patients have type 2 Diabetes so it’s a problem we are taking very seriously.
Fortunately Type 2 Diabetes can be prevented. It is linked to lifestyle. Even if you are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, it can still be prevented through losing weight, eating healthily and being more active.
If you have a close family member who has type 2 Diabetes you may be at increased risk. Similarly if you are overweight, particularly if it is around your middle, your risk is increased. Diabetes UK has an online risk calculator https://riskscore.diabetes.org.uk/start which will work all this out for you.
If you think you might be at increased risk a simple blood test can be done. Please ask for this at Reception or book a full NHS Health Check. If this is raised then you fall into a higher risk group and could attend the Healthier You Program.
The Healthier You Program is the national diabetes prevention programme. It is aimed at people at high risk of developing diabetes (as indicated by the blood test). Consisting of a series of short group education sessions it will help you understand the causes of diabetes and what you can do to change things. The main focus is on healthy eating and exercise, and of course this will also reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke and cancer.
For more information please read the This WISER Diabetes leaflet