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Know your risk of type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes accounts for around 90% of all people living with diabetes. It most commonly affects adults but is increasingly seen in children and adolescents. Unlike type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes can be prevented.

The cornerstone of type 2 diabetes prevention is the adoption of a healthy diet and increased physical activity. Several studies conducted around the world have shown that the risk of developing type 2 diabetes can be significantly reduced by adopting healthier lifestyles with or without the use of affordable medications. The most important risk factors for type 2 diabetes include excess body weight, lack of exercise and poor nutrition.

The first step to preventing type 2 diabetes is knowing your risk.

This World Diabetes Day and diabetes awareness month, the International Diabetes Federation is partnering with Lions Clubs International to encourage everyone to learn about their risk of type 2 diabetes through a simple online test or questionnaire.

Our goal is have at least 1 million people around the world screened for type 2 diabetes by the end of November 2019.

#Test2Prevent this November

If you are an individual:

  • Learn about your risk of type 2 diabetes through IDF’s online risk assessment. Persuade your friends, family and colleagues to do the same.
  • Share the test on social media to encourage others to learn about their risk. Use the hashtags #Test2Prevent, #WorldDiabetesDay.

“I just learnt about my risk of type 2 #diabetes. Find out your risk through this simple online test and help protect your family this #WorldDiabetesDay”

If you represent an organisation or are a health professional working in diabetes:

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