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Preventing Type 2 diabetes

The number of people with Type 2 diabetes is rising fast.

But more than half of all cases could be prevented. In 2018 we helped thousands of people to reduce their risk of Type 2 diabetes. And we pressed governments to do more to tackle the rise in obesity and Type 2.


Prevention in numbers 

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Nearly 200,000 people found out their risk of Type 2 in 2018

Our online Know Your Risk tool saw a lot of activity, and hundreds more people came to risk events. 

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Nearly 7,000 people signed our Food Upfront petition

Our wonderful supporters were demanding clear and consistent food labelling when you eat out.  


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“If it wasn’t for my mum, I would have Type 2 diabetes by now. I couldn’t save her, but I can save myself and save other people.”

Read Phylex's story


Some of our achievements in prevention

  • We delivered our Food Upfront petition to the Prime Minister in May, leading to several welcome pledges included in the government childhood obesity plan.
  • In Wales, the Welsh assembly committed to a national strategy with targets to tackle obesity. While in Scotland we joined with others to develop a national policy for Type 2 and secured a commitment of £42 million for prevention
  • Special events were held for people of minority ethnic background, who statistically have a higher risk of Type 2 diabetes. And in Belfast, 40 volunteers from seven ethnic groups joined us to take Know Your Risk into their communities. 

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How we've helped

With the help of some brilliant volunteers we've raised awareness of Type 2 diabetes, especially in communities who are at higher risk. Watch Phylex's inspiring story below. 

 

 

Phylex isn't alone. The number of people with diabetes goes up every year. We want to put a stop to it. 


More on prevention

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Knowing your risk of Type 2 diabetes is really important. Find out whether you need to take action with our online tool. 

Know your risk

Rob

"I do a lot of work with Diabetes UK Cymru by being a media spokesperson and writing to members of the Welsh Assembly."

Read Rob's story

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