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Know Your Risk tool

Our Know Your Risk tool now supports self-referral to your local Healthier You Diabetes Prevention Programme service in England.

We’re very pleased today to be able to offer an update to our Know Your Risk tool - our online tool that calculates your risk of developing type 2 diabetes

The update, developed in partnership with the NHS England Diabetes Prevention Programme, will now allow those using Know Your Risk, who find they are at moderate or high risk of developing type 2, to self-refer to their local Healthier You Diabetes Prevention Programme in England. 

We know there are more than 12 million people at increased risk of type 2 diabetes in the UK. But the reduction in routine screening carried out by healthcare professionals in response to the coronavirus pandemic means that recently the number of people being referred into the Diabetes Prevention Programme has dropped. This means lots of people have not been able to get support to help them reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes. 

But from today, people using our tool will find it far easier to get the support they need.

How does the new feature work?

After completing our online Know Your Risk tool, if you are at moderate and high risk, you will be directed to a page on our website with a postcode look up function. When you enter your postcode, you’ll see contact details of your local programme provider.

Who is eligible for self-referral? 

The new self-referral option is only available in England. If you live in Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland, you will still be advised to contact your GP surgery if you score in the moderate or high categories.

And in England, healthcare professionals will still also be referring those who are eligible to these services. It’s important to remember everyone who finds they are at moderate or high risk should still contact their GP surgery for a blood test. 

To access the Healthier You Diabetes Prevention Programme, you will need to be between 18-79, not pregnant and not already diagnosed with diabetes. 


Emma Elvin, our Senior Clinical Advisor, said: 

“Currently, 12.3 million people in the UK are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Not all of those at risk live with obesity or carry excess weight, but as many as three in five of these cases could be prevented or delayed with the right support. 

For those who’ve used our free Know Your Risk Tool and found they are at high or moderate risk of developing type 2 diabetes, it will now be easier than ever to know where to go next for support. 

Know Your Risk, which takes just few minutes to complete online, will now signpost people in the highest categories of risk to their local Healthier You NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme provider in England.

This will support many more people to get the help they need to achieve or maintain a healthy weight, eat well and be active, and has the potential to prevent many more cases of type 2 diabetes.

Finding out your risk of Type 2 diabetes only takes a few minutes. It could be the most important thing you do today. Find out your risk now."

Prime Minister’s Obesity Strategy launched today

Our updated Know Your Risk Tool comes as the Prime Minister Boris Johnson announces new plans to tackle obesity in England. 

The Government’s new obesity strategy - the full details of which are expected later today - includes a ban on junk food adverts before 9.00pm across the UK, as well as plans in England to restrict buy-one-get-one-free deals on unhealthy foods, restrictions on where unhealthy foods can be promoted in shops, and new rules on calorie labelling on menus in restaurants and cafes.

We have been calling for these measures for many years, as part of our Food Upfront campaign and as part of the Obesity Health Alliance. This new legislation will ensure that larger businesses improve their nutrition information, and we will continue to push the government so that smaller food businesses have the support they need to make improvements too.


In response to these proposals, our Chief Executive Chris Askew said:

“People living with obesity or excess weight are at a significant risk of numerous health conditions, and many go on to experience poorer health outcomes. So we welcome the ambition outlined in the Government’s new obesity strategy to support healthier choices, and – most importantly – their recognition of the action we need on all fronts to help improve the health of the nation.
More than 12 million people are at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, and the pandemic has brought into sharp focus the vast human cost we pay as a result of our unhealthy environment. The time to act on this is now. 

We need to stop putting profits before our nation’s health. Implemented fully, the measures outlined in this strategy will be a significant step in the right direction. We look forward to hearing more detail on the proposals and urge swift action to support all of us to live healthier lives.”

We’re here to help

If you’re worried about your diabetes care, or are worried about your risk of type 2 diabetes, we’re here for you. 

To get in touch for answers, support or just to talk things through about diabetes, give our helpline a call.

But if you do experience any problems, regardless of the current situation, you should speak to your diabetes team, or - in the event of an emergency - access the emergency department as you would have done before - the NHS is still open. 


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