This year during Diabetes Prevention Week health and care providers across Newham are raising awareness of how to reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and are inviting residents to come along on Thursday 4 April, from 10am-12noon at Queens Market, Upton Park to find out their risk.
Diabetes Prevention Week provides an opportunity to raise awareness of the individual risk of diabetes, the long term health implications of developing diabetes and how diabetes can be prevented through diet and positive lifestyle choices.
In Newham there are over 27,789 residents diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and 1 in 8 people in the borough are also estimated as being at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes in the future. In England around 22,000 people with diabetes die early every year and Type 2 diabetes is a leading cause of preventable sight loss in people of working age as well as being a major contributor to kidney failure, heart attack, and stroke. Type 2 diabetes is largely preventable through lifestyle changes.
Dr Bapu Sathyajith, local GP and Newham CCG Board Member, said: “Here in Newham we are committed to helping local people take control of their health and are proud to be leading the way as a pilot borough for the Diabetes Prevention Programme. The programme helps people to make positive lifestyle choices to manage a healthy weight and be more active, which significantly reduces their risk of developing the condition.
“In Newham we see higher risk levels due to our diverse population as being from BAME communities is known to be a risk factor. Men are also at greater risk of developing diabetes, but often don’t pay attention to potential health risks until it’s too late. There is also increasing evidence that obesity is linked to future development of diabetes. Therefore instilling healthy lifestyle options at an early age with healthy diet and exercise will go a long way in protecting our younger generation.
“We encourage everyone to be aware of their risk of developing diabetes so that they can be in control.”
Dr Tamara Hibbert, local GP and NHS Newham CCG clinical lead for diabetes, said: “In Newham we aim to empower patients and their families to make consistent lifestyle changes that can be passed on for generations. We want to include everybody in our prevention work because diabetes does not discriminate; it can affect anyone, at any time, in any walk of life. So take control and come join us on 4th April!”
Councillor Firoza Nekiwala, Assistant Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care, said: “Type 2 diabetes is a largely preventable disease already affecting over 26,000 Newham residents. With 1 in 8 people in the borough estimated as being at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes in the future, we are working to encourage our residents to prevent Type 2 diabetes by maintaining a healthy weight, eating a balanced diet and being physically active.”
If you can’t come along to find out your risk during Diabetes Prevention Week you can find out your risk of Type 2 diabetes by using the Diabetes UK Know Your Risk Score at https://riskscore.diabetes.org.uk/start. If you think you or a family member may be at risk contact your GP and ask about the Diabetes Prevention Programme.
The London Borough of Newham and NHS Newham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are working in partnership to raise awareness of diabetes and diabetes prevention.