Type 2 Diabetes

Are you at risk of type 2 diabetes? 32,000 people in Leeds are.

What is Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 Diabetes is a condition where the body cannot keep blood glucose (sugar) levels within a healthy range. Type 2 diabetes develops over a period of time. There is a stage where blood glucose levels are higher than normal however not high enough to be classed as diabetes. People who are found at this stage are often told that they are at ‘high risk’ of developing type 2 diabetes.

Find out your risk

There is a quick and easy way to check your risk of type 2 diabetes, if you are over 18, you can complete a quick survey on the link below:

Find out your riskExternal link

NHS Health Check

You could also be eligible for an NHS Health CheckExternal link. This is a free check-up of your overall health. It can tell you whether you're at higher risk of getting certain health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease and a stroke. If you're over 65, you will also be told the signs and symptoms of dementia to look out for.

If you're not sure if you're eligible for an NHS Health CheckExternal link and would like one, or if you are eligible but haven't had a health check in the last five years, speak to your GP to find out more.

Prevention - A Healthier You

In Leeds we offer the Healthier You - NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme to those found to be at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Healthier You is a free service that supports people to get active, eat better, lose weight and reduce the risk of getting diabetes.

The Healthier You Service is run from a variety of venues across the city and is also accessible on an evening. Speak to your GP surgery for more information on how to access the service.

Find out more about Healthier You and how the service has supported others

Get help and support

If you are concerned about your risk of type 2 diabetes, you can contact your local GP practice for further support and guidance.

More information

You can find out more information about diabetes and other health conditions on the following websites:

The Diabetes UK website has a wide range of information, advice, support and education resources for people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

The NHS has some useful advice on healthy eating and excercise.

The NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group website also has an information page on Diabetes with local information on what they are doing in Leeds.

Online tools

There are also a number of other tools that you can access online.

Find out if you are healthy weight using the NHS BMI healthy weight calculator:

Check your body mass index (BMI)

How Healthy Are You?

Take the 'How Are You' Quiz to see how healthy you are:

How Are You?External link

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