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What is early detection?

People with diabetes are more susceptible to other illnesses, such as COVID-19. This is particularly so for BAME people, who are more susceptible to both diabetes and COVID-19. Thus, if you have diabetes it is important to take steps to detect illnesses such as COVID-19 early, in order to prevent the disease and its symptoms from getting worse.

This is known as secondary prevention

Our goal is to promote secondary prevention activities such as attending medical exams and screening tests to detect diabetes-related illnesses at their earliest stages (e.g. COVID-19 testing), to prevent this diseases from progressing. Other secondary prevention activities we encourage include attending blood pressure tests, blood glucose tests, cholesterol tests, bone density tests, and body mass index assessments.

COVID-19 testing

You can get a free NHS test to determine if you have contracted COVID-19. Testing is particularly important if you have diabetes.

Doing a health check

Anyone aged 40 to 74 can get a free health to check, to identify the early signs of stroke, kidney disease, heart disease, or mental illness.

Checking blood sugar

Knowing your blood sugar level helps manage diabetes. It can also help reduce the risk of diabetes-related illnesses or complications.

Checking blood pressure

Check your blood pressure regularly. High blood pressure can increase the risk of heart disease and stroke.

Checking cholesterol

High cholesterol levels can increase your risk of heart disease and stroke. Note that high cholesterol causes no symptoms but, so can be easy to ignore!

Your mental health

Diabetes patients can experience mental distress due to diabetes, or other illnesses (e.g. COVID). BAME patients often face extra challenges that can worsen mental illness.

Checking body weight

Obesity increases the risk of diabetes and other illnesses, like heart disease. BAME people are also more likely to be obese. Check your body weight here.

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Lebe Trust is a registered charity (CIO) in England and Wales (1190779). A charitable incorporated organisation. A member of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCV0 member ID: MEMBER/26810). Merseyside Liverpool.

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