Research carried out by the NHS National Clinical Director for Diabetes and Obesity has revealed that people with Type 2 Diabetes are twice as likely to die from COVID-19.
To combat this risk, people who are at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes will be fast-tracked into the Healthier You NHS Diabetes Prevention programme. The programme provides tailored, personalised support to reduce peoples risk of Type 2 diabetes. This includes education on healthy eating and lifestyle, help to lose weight and physical exercise programmes.
From 27 July, people can use an online tool, hosted by Diabetes UK, to calculate their risk of developing the condition by answering a series of basic questions including age, weight and ethnicity.
If their score comes back as moderate or high, they can now refer themselves to a local Healthier You service for support without having to go through a healthcare professional.
Previously, people had to go to their GP or visit a healthcare professional and get a blood test before a referral, but the risk of coronavirus has meant that less people have had face-to-face GP appointments and less people are accessing blood tests.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“I would like to encourage all my constituents to use this vital tool, to understand whether they are at risk of developing Diabetes.
“I am astonished to hear that a third of people who have died in hospital from COVID-19 had diabetes. Now more than ever it is essential that everyone is able to understand what their risk is and can swiftly access the Healthier You prevention programme without having to go through blood tests and GP referrals.
“With the threat of a second wave looming large, we need to ensure everyone is doing what they can to protect themselves.”
The ‘Know Your Risk’ tool can be found at https://preventing-diabetes.co.uk/know-your-risk-dtc/