Know your risk

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Finding out your risk of Type 2 diabetes only takes a few minutes. It could be the most important thing you do today.

By completing this tool, in England you may be eligible for the Healthier You NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme.

To calculate your risk we will ask you for sensitive personal data, for example about your health or ethnicity. This will help us provide you the most relevant information. We promise to store your sensitive personal data securely and keep it confidential.

Before you start, grab a tape measure and scales...

You must be 18 or over to complete this tool.
Please note: the results will not be accurate if you are pregnant.

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What is your gender?

Men are at a slightly higher risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

How old are you?

The older you are, the higher your risk for Type 2 diabetes.

What is your ethnic background?

Some ethnic groups are more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes than others.

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Do you have a parent, brother, sister and/or own child with diabetes?

Having a close relative with diabetes increases your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

What is your waist measurement?

Carrying excess body fat around your middle increases your risk of Type 2 diabetes.
IMPORTANT: Did you know? Your waist size is not necessarily your jeans size.
To measure your waist it is half way between your bottom rib and top of the hip bone
To measure your waist it is half way between your bottom rib and top of the hip bone

How to measure your waist:
Many of us underestimate our waist size. Make sure you use a tape measure and use your fingers to feel for your bottom rib and the top of your hip bone and measure around your body directly between these two points.

Don't have measuring tape?
Use a piece of string to wrap around your middle and then measure this against a ruler or a metal tape measure.

What is your Body Mass Index (BMI)?

Being overweight or obese increases your risk of Type 2 diabetes.
How tall are you?
How much do you weigh?

Has a doctor ever told you that you have high blood pressure, or given you medication for it?

If you have been treated for high blood pressure, it will contribute to your overall risk.