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Scottish football star asks fans to know their risk of Type 2 diabetes

Scotland international and Crystal Palace FC midfielder James McArthur is encouraging fans, particulalry men, to find out their risk of Type 2 diabetes.

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The former Hamilton Accies and Wigan Athletic player from Glasgow’s East End is supporting  our Know Your Risk initiative and took part in a photoshoot to support the campaign.

James McArthur said: “Around one million people in Scotland are at increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. It’s a serious condition so it’s really important that people understand their personal risk and what you can do about it if you think it might apply to you.   Diabetes UK’s online Know Your Risk tool will give you the information you need.  It’s all online at www.diabetes.org.uk/risk-score if you want to find out more.”

Research has shown that 38 per cent more women than men use the free Know Your Risk tool, despite the fact that men are more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes. 

Diabetes is a condition where there is too much glucose in the blood because the body cannot use it properly. If left untreated or poorly managed, it can lead to complications such as amputation, blindness, heart attack and stroke. Unlike Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes can often be prevented through eating well, staying active and maintaining a healthy weight.

The Know Your Risk tool is a simple-to-use online questionnaire developed by Diabetes UK, the University of Leicester and the University Hospital of Leicester NHS Trust. Based on the key risk factors for Type 2 diabetes such as age, gender, weight, waist measurement and ethnicity, it gives a calculated analysis of an individual’s risk of having or developing this serious health condition in the future.

Find out your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by using the Know Your Risk tool. 

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