Women in Bury are being urged to make simple lifestyle changes to reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes for World Diabetes Day, which is on 14 November.

As this year’s theme for World Diabetes Day is focusing on ‘women and diabetes – our right to a healthy future’, NHS Bury Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is urging women across the borough to make small but significant lifestyle changes to reduce or reverse their risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes is a life-long condition where there is too much glucose in the blood because the body cannot use it properly. There are two types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes cannot be prevented and some of the risk factors for type 2 diabetes such as age, ethnicity and family history, cannot be changed.

With one of the biggest risk being to be overweight, there are some simple steps that can be taken to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes, these include:

  • Eating a healthy, balanced diet
  • Taking regular exercise
  • Maintaining a healthy weight

However, there is still another type of diabetes women can develop when pregnant known as gestational diabetes. Although the condition usually disappears after giving birth, women who have had it can develop it again in future pregnancies and are also at a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life.

Fin McCaul, Clinical Lead for Long Term Conditions at NHS Bury CCG said: “It’s more important than ever for us to raise awareness of the condition and support women to reduce their diabetes risk. Around three in five cases of diabetes can be prevented or delayed. If the condition is diagnosed early and properly managed, people with diabetes can lead long and healthy lives. But if not, it can lead to serious complications such as blindness, kidney failure, stroke and in some cases early death.”

Fin continued: “In Bury we offer local people help as part of the Healthier You National Diabetes Prevention Programme. GPs can refer patients at risk to a 12-month intensive programme where they can get personalised help to reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes, including education on healthy eating and lifestyle, help to lose weight and bespoke physical exercise programmes, all of which together have been proven to reduce the risk of developing the disease. I urge anyone who has been referred to the programme to take up their place.”

“The free NHS Health Check for people aged 40 – 74 years helps to identify patients at risk of developing the condition and detect those living with undiagnosed diabetes.”

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Date: 8th November 2017