Diabetes Prevention Week: Know your risk

About 90% of people with diabetes have Type 2 diabetes. It can come on slowly, usually over the age of 40. The signs may not be obvious, or there may be no signs at all, therefore it might be up to 10 years before you find out you have it.

That’s why it’s very important to know the risk factors. You can find out your risk with our Know Your Risk tool or you may be eligible for a free NHS Health Check, so you can do something about it. 

Your risk increases with age.You’re more at risk if you’re white and over 40 or over 25 if you’re African-Caribbean, Black African, or South Asian. You’re two to six times more likely to get Type 2 diabetes if you have a parent, brother, sister or child with diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes is two to four times more likely in people of South Asian descent and African-Caribbean or Black African descent. You’re more at risk of Type 2 diabetes if you’re overweight, especially if you’re large around the middle.

To read more about this and check your risk, go to: https://www.diabetes.org.uk/preventing-type-2-diabetes/diabetes-risk-factors