Have you been screened for Type 2 diabetes? Are you at risk?

What is diabetes?

People with Type 2 diabetes don’t produce enough insulin or the insulin they produce doesn’t work properly. 85 to 90 percent of people with diabetes have Type 2. They might get Type 2diabetes because their family history, age and ethnic background puts them at increased risk. They are also more likely to get Type 2 diabetes if they are overweight. It starts gradually, usually later in life, and it can be years before they realise they have it.

There are around 3.7 million people in the UK who have diabetes.

• There are 2.9 million people in the UK living with Type 1 and Type 2diabetes, and around 850,000 more who have Type 2 diabetes but don’t know they have it because they haven’t been diagnosed.

• Everyone is at risk of diabetes, but around seven million people in the UK – that’s one in seven – are at high risk of diabetes, and that number is rising every year.

• Up to 80 per cent of cases of Type 2 diabetes can be delayed or prevented.

• Diabetes is an urgent public health issue. If nothing changes, by 2025 five million people in the UK will have the condition.

• Eighty per cent of NHS spending on diabetes goes on managing complications, many of which could be prevented.

• Diabetes is a major cause of lower limb amputation, blindness, kidney failure and stroke.

• Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in people of working age in the UK.

  • Around 125 amputations are carried out every week on people with diabetes because of complications connected with their condition. Up to80 per cent of these are preventable

People are more at risk of getting Type 2 diabetes if they:

– are overweight, especially if they have a large waist

– are over 40 (or over 25 if they are South Asian)

– are Black African, Caribbean or South Asian

– have a parent, brother or sister with diabetes

– have ever had high blood pressure, a heart attack or a stroke

– have a diagnosed serious mental illness for which they take medication

– are a woman who has had polycystic ovaries, gestational diabetes, or a baby weighing over nine pounds.

• The main symptoms of diabetes are:

– needing to pass urine more than usual, especially at night

– Often feeling thirsty

– losing weight without trying to

– Often feeling very tired

– having blurred eyesight

– Often feeling itchy around the genitals, or having regular infections like thrush

– having a cut that takes a long time to heal

For more information on Lions and Diabetes please contact;

PDG Lion Keith Hedges


0121 441 4544