Prevention – Know your risk

What makes you at risk

•Certain factors can put you at greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes, they include:

Your age. The older you are, the greater your risk is likely to be. However, those from the ethnic groups outlined below tend to be at risk at a younger age.

Your family history. You’re two to six times more likely to get type 2 diabetes if you have a parent, brother, sister or child with type 2 diabetes.

Your ethnicity. You’re more likely to get type 2 diabetes if you’re over 25 and from a Chinese, South Asian, Black Caribbean or Black African ethnic background.

Your weight. You are more at risk of type 2 diabetes if you carry excess weight or have obesity.

Your blood pressure. You’re more at risk if you’ve ever had high blood pressure.

Know your risk tool

You can find out what your risk of developing type 2 diabetes here Diabetes UK – Know Your Risk of Type 2 diabetes. If you are found to be at moderate or high risk of type 2 diabetes you will be asked to contact your GP Practice to request a blood test. 

NHS Health Check Programme

If you are aged 40 – 74, you may be eligible for a free NHS Health Check.

This health check-up is designed to spot early signs of:

  • Diabetes (type 2)
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Stroke
  • Dementia
  • Find out more about NHS Health Checks in Norfolk and in Suffolk (Waveney)

“My NHS Health Check was very informative and I am really glad that I walked into the library, just on spec, I came across the health promotion” NHS Health Check service user in Norfolk. Service provided by Reed Wellbeing.