Council launches diabetes 'know your risk' tool

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To mark World Diabetes Day on Thursday 14 November, Tower Hamlets Council partnered with Diabetes UK to launch a ‘know your risk’ tool in its Idea Store Watney Market. 

Diabetes UK has trained the council’s community navigators to carry out a quick questionnaire to assess residents’ risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Community navigators are based in each of the council’s Idea Stores, which welcome around two million visitors each year. 

The tool aims to help people find out how they can cut their risk through a balanced diet, regular exercise and maintaining a healthy weight.

Anyone who is found to be at high risk is encouraged to visit their GP for advice and, if appropriate, test to see if they have already developed the condition.

Dr Somen Banerjee, Director of Public Health at Tower Hamlets Council, said: “Diabetes is a serious long-term health condition that can increase the risk of life-changing complications such as heart disease, blindness and limb amputation. Knowing your risk is key to reducing your chances of developing the disease later on in life and can also help to make sure it’s diagnosed early.

“These events will provide residents with advice and support on eating well and moving more, all of which helps prevent the condition. We hope that this programme will enable us to offer more people the support they need to make these positive life changes.”

The community navigators will work with community champions from Diabetes UK to deliver further ‘know your risk’ events at various locations throughout the borough next year.

These events could help to reduce the number of people in the borough with undiagnosed diabetes. Around one million people in the UK have undiagnosed type 2 diabetes, including up to 3,500 people in Tower Hamlets. 

Tower Hamlets has the third highest rate of type 2 diabetes in London, with around 17,000 people diagnosed. This is in part due to the large Bangladeshi community who are at increased risk of developing the condition compared to other ethnicities.

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For more information about this release contact the London Borough of Tower Hamlets communications team on 020 7364 4389 or email communications@towerhamlets.gov.uk

Posted on Wednesday 20th November 2019