Know You're Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
Diabetes UK is holding an event at Crawley (Broadfield) Mosque on Friday 19th July between 1-3pm to help the local Asian community find out about their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and understand what they can do to reduce it.
Trained Diabetes UK staff and volunteers will be holding a ‘Know your Risk’ session at the mosque from 1-3pm to help people find out their risk of developing the condition. The event is free and open to everyone.
There are over 450,000 people across the South East diagnosed with diabetes, and about 90 per cent of those have Type 2.
People with Type 2 diabetes don’t produce enough insulin or the insulin they produce doesn’t work properly. People may develop Type 2 diabetes because they are overweight, have a family history, and ethnic background and age also increases the risk. Type 2 diabetes is two to four times more likely in people of South Asian descent and African-Caribbean or Black African descent, over the age of 25. The signs may not be obvious, or there may be no signs at all, so it might be up to 10 years before people find out they have it.
Arif Syed is chairman of the Crawley Mosque and Lay Member for Patient and Public Engagement at Crawley Clinical Commissioning Group. He was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes 24 years ago.
Arif said: “I invited Diabetes UK to come along to the mosque to hold the event in order to raise awareness about diabetes among the local community. This is an important event for people in the area to attend and assess their risk of Type 2 diabetes. We hope there will be a good turnout to the event as it’s taking place during Friday prayers.”
Jill Steaton, Regional Head for Diabetes UK in the South East said: “Unless we act, and urgently, diabetes prevalence will continue to rise. Type 2 diabetes is a serious condition that can lead to devastating complications such as amputation, blindness, kidney disease, stroke and heart disease if people don’t receive the right care.
“Three in five cases of Type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed. More people who are at high risk of Type 2 diabetes need to be identified so that they can get the education, care and support they need to reduce their risk. This event will help the local Asian community and the wider Crawley area understand the risk and how to reduce it.”
The ‘Know Your Risk’ event takes place on Friday 19 July at Crawley (Broadfield) Mosque, Broadwood Rise, Broadfield, Crawley, RH11 9SE.
To find out more about our ‘Know Your Risk’ online tool, please click here