Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes a person’s blood sugar level to become too high.

1 in 16 people in the UK are estimated to be living with diabetes. There are approximately 549,000 people living with diabetes who are undiagnosed. ​

There are two main types of diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes: Where the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the cells that produce insulin.

Type 2 diabetes: Where the body does not produce enough insulin, of the body’s cells do not react to insulin.

Type 2 diabetes is far more common than Type 1 – in the UK, around 90% of all adults with diabetes have Type 2.


Type 2 Diabetes – Reducing Your Risk 

Type 2 diabetes is up to 3x more prevalent in Black African and Black Caribbean people, in comparison with the white population.

NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) suggest there is some early evidence which shows that at a BMI of 26 or above, Black populations are at an increased risk of developing diabetes.

There are three main ways you can reduce your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, as identified by Diabetes UK:

  • Eating well
  • Moving more
  • Losing weight if you need to

Read more on preventing Type 2 Diabetes on the Diabetes UK charity website – CLICK HERE TO VISIT THEIR WEBSITE


Living with Diabetes

If you are living with diabetes – whether you have been recently diagnosed or diagnosed in past – it is really important to make sure you are looking after your wellbeing, both physically and emotionally.

Living with diabetes can be challenging, but equipped with the right support and knowledge, you can still lead a vibrant life.

CLICK HERE to read more on living with diabetes here.


External Resources

Understanding Type 2 diabetes (via BHF)

Nutrition support information for Afro-Caribbean diets

African Heritage Diet

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