This week is Diabetes Awareness Week and in recognition of this Professor Simon Heller, D4D Diabetes Theme Lead, Research and Development Director and Honorary Consultant Physician at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, will be speaking on BBC Radio Sheffield at midday today (Wednesday 3rd April) about the impact of his diabetes research and ways we can prevent it in the future.  This follows on from his recent successful presentation of the prestigious Banting Memorial Lecture for 2019.

Around 200,000 people are diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes every year, but there are things you can do to reduce your risk.

Making small changes to your lifestyle now can make a big impact on your future health. This means you can reduce your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and the risk of serious complications that can come with it. Having experts to help you make the right choices along the way can make it even easier. That’s why we’re working with the NHS to help support people to reduce their risk.

Monday 1 April to Sunday 7 April 2019

This April, the NHS England Diabetes Prevention Programme (NHS DPP) is holding the second Diabetes Prevention Week. We’ve teamed up with them to raise awareness of their Healthier You programme. This is a free service run by NHS England to help reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

How you can get involved

  • Find out your risk – Use our Know Your Risk tool to find out your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. It only takes three minutes.
  • Get a free NHS health check – to check your risk of Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and other conditions (available for those aged 40 to 74).
  • Ask your GP or Practice Nurse to check if you’re at risk – and get referred to your local Healthier You prevention programme.
  • If you are a healthcare professional or are part of a community organisation, order your free Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Week toolkit to help raise awareness of Type 2 diabetes in your local area.