Someone having their waist measurement taken at one of our roadshows
Are you over 40, overweight, from an ethnic minority background, or do you have a history of diabetes in your family? These are just some of the factors that increase your risk of getting Type 2 diabetes.
If you're concerned that you may be at risk of Type 2 diabetes, the Know Your Risk Roadshows offer you the opportunity to find out your risk. This is a really important step, because then you can do something about it.
At the roadshow you will have your height, weight and waist measured. family? These are just some of the factors that increase your risk of getting Type 2 diabetes.
Then, a trained Know Your Risk volunteer will ask you a series of questions (in confidence, in a separate room) based on the risk factors of Type 2 diabetes. Your answers will be added up and you will be told your risk of getting Type 2 diabetes.
This could be either low, increased, moderate or high depending on your answers. If you are at moderate or high risk you will be given a letter explaining this to take to your GP surgery, and you will be advised to make an appointment for a possible blood test.
Practical help and advice
The Know Your Risk roadshows are your opportunity to make a change and reduce your risk of Type 2 diabetes, or they can help support you on the journey you are already on. We have a dietitian at all our roadshows offering healthy eating advice and tips.
There’s also lots of information to take home and tips on risk factors and ways to reduce your risk. You can eat well with a piece of free fruit and be active with our exercise bike challenge from Land’s End to John O’Groats - how far will you take us? We’ve also got hula hoops and steppers to get you feeling more active. Don’t forget to share your story with us using #knowyourrisk and join us at one of our roadshow locations.
If you're pregnant or under 18
You won't be able to find out your risk if you're expecting a child or are aged 17 or under, but should discuss this with your healthcare team. You can find out your risk using the tool if it is six weeks or more since you had a baby.