Find out if you're at risk of type 2 diabetes

Published: 22 May 2023

This Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Week, which runs until Sunday (28 May), find out whether you’re at risk of developing the condition – and if so, what you can do to reduce this.

Type 2 diabetes is a common yet often preventable condition which causes levels of sugar in the blood to become too high. It heightens the risk of developing serious problems that can affect the heart, eyes and nerves.

One fifth of the UK’s population are at an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. People at a higher risk include men, people of South Asian or Black ethnicity, people who are overweight and those with a family history of type 2 diabetes.

Changes to lifestyle habits can help to delay or prevent type 2 diabetes from developing altogether. This can include eating a healthy, balanced diet, maintaining a healthy weight and keeping physically active. Find tips on you can improve your lifestyle habits on our webpages about staying well. You can also find advice on the Diabetes UK website.

Reducing risks of type 2 diabetes is everyone’s business. This Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Week, check your risk using the Diabetes UK Know Your Risk tool. For more information about type 2 diabetes, visit the NHS website.