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Preventing type 2 diabetes

12.3 million people in the UK are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. And type 2 diabetes is serious.

There's currently nothing we can do to prevent type 1 diabetes. But researchers are working hard to understand the immune response and what triggers it. 

We do know research has consistently shown that for some people, combined lifestyle interventions - including diet, physical activity and sustained weight loss - can be effective in reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes by about 50%. We're here to support you.

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Risk factors of type 2 diabetes

What makes you more at risk?

Did you know that your ethnicity may put you at higher risk of type 2 diabetes? Find out about all the risk factors here.
Know your risk tool

Use our Know Your Risk tool

Find out your risk - it's free and only takes 3 minutes.
Finding out if you're at risk of type 2 diabetes

Finding out if you're at risk

It can be confusing to find out your risk of type 2 diabetes. Get more information about what it all means.
Ethnicity and type 2 risk

Ethnicity and type 2 risk

If you're from a Black African, African Caribbean or South Asian (Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi) background, you're at a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes from a younger age.
Eat well to prevent type 2 diabetes

Eat well

A healthy, balanced diet can reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Move more

Move more

Getting up and being active is key to preventing type 2 diabetes. Find out how to be more active.
Manage your weight

Manage your weight

Being overweight puts you more at risk of type 2 diabetes. Start by measuring your waist.
Find out about our prevention work

Our prevention work

We're supporting people across the UK to find out their risk and take action to reduce it. Find out how.
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