Merck and Diabetes UK are working together to fund two diabetes prevention activities: Awareness to Action project and the Know Your Risk Online Tool.
Awareness to Action
The Awareness to Action project, will target the South Asian community - who are two to four times more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes by the age of 25. The project will focus on individuals between 25-39 years old living in the Midlands. We will ask them why they don’t want to engage with their health, and what their motivators for behaviour change would be.
The aim will be for this group to have a better understanding of their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and how they can prevent or delay its onset. We will provide them with the right access to advice and support so they can manage their diabetes, change their lifestyle to eat well, move more and manage their weight.
Know Your Risk
With 12.3 million at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes the Know Your Risk online tool was created to help people understand their risk of developing the condition. The tool considers key factors to a person’s risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, including the factors you can’t change such as age, ethnicity, and family history and those you can such as weight, waist circumference and blood pressure. There have been over 1.6 million completions of the online tool since its launch. However with a range of diverse communities and population groups who are at an increased risk of Type 2 diabetes, we need to ensure that the tool remains fit for purpose. With a grant from Merck we can now upgrade the tool and review the ethnicity algorithm. This will ensure that the tool is effectively assessing the diabetes risk of the diverse ethnic populations living in the UK.
The Know Your Risk tool will be a vital element of the Awareness to Action programme ensuring that we are one step closer to a world where diabetes can do no harm.
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