Diabetes Prevention week 1 April to 7 April 2019
April 2019

Diabetes Prevention Week

Community events
Various locations
Monday 1st April, 2019 - 9:00 to Sunday 7th April, 2019 - 17:00

About this event

Every two minutes someone finds out that they have Type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is a very serious health condition that can cause long-term health problems. It can lead to blindness, kidney failure, loss of a limb, and increases the risk of heart attack or stroke by 5 times.

In Liverpool there are over 24,000 people with diabetes and it is one of the major challenges facing the NHS. Estimates suggest that 8.3% of people in Liverpool may develop Type 2 diabetes by 2030, unless more education and support is provided to help people take better care of their health and wellbeing. 

It’s very important that you find out if you are at risk of Type 2 diabetes because then you can get support to significantly lower your risk of developing the condition. You may even be eligible for the National Diabetes Prevention Programme (NDPP). The NDPP provides guidance on eating healthy, managing weight and being more active. It is a sustained lifestyle change programme, delivered locally, in local settings.

Over a quarter of a million people have been referred into the programme so far. Referral is by GP practice only. Healthcare professionals can refer patients onto the programme and more about the National Diabetes Prevention Programme, visit: www.england.nhs.uk/ndpp

As part of national diabetes prevention week, the Liverpool Diabetes Partnership (LDP) is holding a number of free public diabetes awareness sessions across Liverpool.