Type 2 risk tool hits one million mark
A total of 1 million people have now been through a type 2 risk assessment tool, it has been announced.
The charity is now urging more men to use the online tool after figures showed 38 per cent more women than men are using it, despite men being at a greater risk of developing the condition.
The landmark total comes ahead of World Health Day (Thursday, April 7) where the theme is diabetes
Diabetes UK has enlisted the help of West Ham United football legends to campaign for more more men to log on and try the questionnaire.
Professor Kamlesh Khunti, from the University of Leicester and the Leicester Diabetes Centre, who has led the project, said: “Type 2 diabetes is a serious condition which, if left untreated or poorly managed, can lead to devastating complications such as amputation, blindness, heart attack and stroke.
“This online version of the risk score either can easily identify people who may have diabetes or are at risk and can have the appropriate management plans by their general practitioners to reduce their risk of developing diabetes or its complications.”
Dr Laura Gray, reader of population and public health sciences at the University of Leicester based at the Leicester Diabetes Centre, who also worked on the risk score added: “The risk score is easy, simple to use and accessible but provides people with essential information which they can act upon.”
Coach Tony Carr MBE said: “When I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2005, I had been losing weight and feeling terrible. I didn’t have a clue what diabetes was.
“Since then, I’ve really worked hard to take care of myself, eat well and stay active. To hear that Diabetes UK has already had one million visits to its Know Your Risk of Type 2 diabetes tool is really encouraging. I can’t recommend enough that people go online and check their own risk.”
It only takes a few minutes to check your risk of type 2 diabetes with Diabetes UK’s online test. If you haven’t already, get online and use it.
The questionnaire uses data on age, sex, waist circumference, BMI, ethnicity, family history of diabetes and high blood pressure. It gives a calculated analysis of an individual’s risk of having or developing the condition.
West Ham’s captain Mark Noble said: “It only takes a few minutes to check your risk of type 2 diabetes with Diabetes UK’s online test. If you haven’t already, get online and use it.
“If you are at risk of type 2 this test gives you the chance to take action now. Taking care of your health isn’t just important for footballers everyone needs to look after themselves – so check it out!”
Helen Dickens, head of prevention at Diabetes UK, said: “We recently reached an incredible milestone of one million visits our Know Your Risk tool, which gives people the opportunity to go online and find out their risk of type 2 diabetes.
“A staggering 11.9 million people in the UK are now at an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. However the good news is that when an individual knows they are at increased risk they hold the power to turn this around by making relatively simple lifestyle changes.
“This is why it is so important to get online now to find out your risk of type 2 diabetes and then take any necessary steps to reduce this risk, as not doing so can lead to devastating consequences.
“Too many people are living with this serious health condition and enduring complications such as amputation, stroke and blindness – a huge human price to pay that could have been avoided in many cases.”