Know diabetes, fight diabetes

Throughout the week there will be opportunities across the borough to find out more from information stalls in public locations. Details can be found on Ealing's CVS website

Diabetes is a serious condition and there are currently 4.5 million people living with it in the UK, with 11.9 million more at risk of getting type 2 diabetes.

Ealing has the fifth highest prevalence of diabetes in London, with more than 26,300 adults being diagnosed with diabetes. It is estimated that a further 5,000 adults are undiagnosed.  With an ageing population and rising numbers of overweight residents, these figures are set to continue to rise.

There are two main types of diabetes with type 2 diabetes being the most common, and there are key risk factors for developing the disease:

·         Age – people are more at risk if they are white and over 40 or over 25 if you’re African-Caribbean, Black African or South Asian

·         Family - People are two to six times more likely to get type 2 diabetes if they have a parent, brother, sister or child with diabetes

·         Blood pressure – people are more at risk if they have ever had high blood pressure

·         Weight – people are more at risk if they are overweight, especially if they are large around the middle

·         Ethnicity – type 2 diabetes is 2-4 times more likely in people of South Asian, African-Caribbean or Black African descent.

Councillor Hitesh Tailor, cabinet member for health and adults’ services said: “I would urge anyone who may be at risk of developing diabetes to find out how they can protect themselves from it.  You can make relatively small changes to your lifestyle which will mean a healthier and fitter future.”

More information on diabetes is available at Diabetes UK