Do you know your risk score for diabetes?

by | 10 August 2021 | Health, Rotherham

Be Diabetes Aware is part of the Health Engagement Project, commissioned by the Rotherham Clinical Commissioning Group and based at Voluntary Action Rotherham.
You can follow their Facebook and Twitter accounts: @bediabetesaware. For more information, please contact Jo Farey, Health Engagement Team Leader, at jo.farey@varotherham.org.uk or 07523 542016.

Risk factors

  • Your risk increases with age
  • You are more at risk if you’re White and over 40, or if you’re African-Caribbean, Black African, or South Asian and over 25
  • If you have a parent, brother, sister or child with diabetes, you are two to six times more likely to get type 2 diabetes
  • If you are of South Asian, African-Caribbean or Black African descent, it is two to four times more likely
  • If you have ever had high blood pressure
  • If you are carrying extra weight, especially around your middle

Common symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes

  • Going to the toilet a lot, especially at night
  • Being really thirsty
  • Feeling more tired than usual
  • Losing weight without trying to
  • Genital itching or thrush.
  • Cuts and wounds take longer to heal
  • Blurred eyesight
  • Increased hunger

Developed in partnership with NHS England, the Diabetes UK ‘Know Your Risk’ tool supports self-referral. Follow this link for information about preventing Type 2 Diabetes and to find out your Know Your Risk score: riskscore.diabetes.org.uk.
If you are at moderate or high risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes, you can self-refer to your local Healthier You Diabetes Prevention Programm