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Can you reduce your risk of diabetes?

You can reduce your risk of Type 2 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes cannot be prevented. But around 3 in 5 cases of Type 2 diabetes can be delayed or prevented by making simple changes in our everyday lives.

Find out if you are at risk of Type 2 diabetes.

How can I reduce my risk?

Some of the risk factors for Type 2 diabetes – such as age, ethnic background, or family history – can’t be changed, but others can. The good news is that we can all make small changes to help us reduce our risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes UK is here to help you make small change that will make a big difference.

We have lots of information and tools to help you reduce your risk.

Start by asking yourself:

  • What healthy changes can I make to eat better?
  • How can I move more every day? 

Move more 

Getting active and staying active will reduce your risk of getting Type 2 diabetes, and you’ll feel great too. Not sure where to start? For some new ideas to get you moving, go to our Move more section. 

Eat better

Eating well and keeping to a healthy weight can reduce your risk of getting Type 2 diabetes. For tools, tips and recipes to help you eat healthier, go to our Eat Better section. Find healthier versions of favourite recipes, or follow our ‘How to cook’ videos and learn to cook a new tasty recipe.


Let’s Do This

Diabetes UK, the British Heart Foundation and Tesco are working together to inspire people to take small, positive steps to better health. Go to the Let's Do This website to find easy ways to eat better and get active.

The free Let’s Do This Goal Setter lets you set a personalised goal and has loads of tips and inspiration to help you achieve it.

NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme

The NHS National Diabetes Prevention Programme is being rolled out across England for people at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. This is a collaboration between NHS England, Public Health England, and Diabetes UK. It provides tailored help to reduce your risk of Type 2 diabetes, including education on healthy eating, help to lose weight, and physical exercise programmes. You can find out if this is available in your area on the NHS England website.