Around three in five cases of type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed by maintaining a healthy weight, eating well and being active. We support Richmond residents to find out their risk of diabetes and offer a local service to help reduce their risk.
Each year around 350 people in Richmond are told they have diabetes. There are already an estimated 12,000 residents living with diabetes but help is available in Richmond to prevent one of those people being you. Finding out your risk is the first step – it's important to know the risk factors and understand your risk, so you can make changes to reduce it.
Use the Richmond Know Your Risk tool to find out your risk of developing type 2 diabetes - it's free and only takes a few minutes.
You can see your results on-screen, and get links to advice and information about services in Richmond to help you reduce your risk.
If you find out that you're at moderate or high risk, don't forget to visit your GP surgery. They will help you plan your next steps and you may also need a blood test.
If you've found out that you are at risk of developing diabetes, the good news is that you can take steps to reduce your risk by:
The Richmond Healthier You programme can support you in taking action in all of these areas. Those referred to the local service will receive tailored, personalised support, including education on healthy eating and lifestyle, being more active, and help to lose weight, all of which together have been proven to reduce the risk of developing diabetes.
If you've had a blood test confirming you're at high risk and would like to be referred to the service, please discuss this with your GP. Programmes are held in a range of community locations across Richmond.
Find out more about the Healthier You programme.
Further information on diabetes, risk factors, signs and symptoms, preventing diabetes, or living with diabetes is available at:
For free tips, tools and support to help you get healthier and feel better, visit One You. Whether it’s moving more, eating more healthily or checking yourself - One You can help you make small, practical changes that fit in with your life.
Updated: 13 August 2018