Almost 300,000 people have accessed an NHS tool to check their risk of type 2 diabetes online less than two months after the NHS fast tracked access to its world leading Healthier You Diabetes Prevention Programme.
Latest figures show that 291,325 people used the Diabetes UK Know Your Risk tool since the end of July – a 637% increase compared to two months previously.
Access to the programme was boosted following new findings that people are twice as likely to die from COVID-19 if they have type 2 diabetes.
Over 5,000 people have now self-referred for support to lose weight and prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes and the programme has capacity to support 5,000 people every week.
The NHS is now urging even more people who are at risk to check their risk and sign up.
People can use the online test, hosted by Diabetes UK, to calculate their risk of developing the condition by answering basic questions including age, weight and ethnicity.
If their score comes back as sufficiently high, they can refer themselves to a local service for support remotely or online, without having to go through a healthcare professional.