Encouraging a million people to better understand their individual risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Oonagh Turnbull
Head of Health and Sustainable Diets Campaigns

Diabetes is one of the most common health conditions we face in the UK today, affecting around 3.7 million people, but the reality is many of these diagnoses could be avoided. Historically associated with older people, it is now clear that cases of diabetes are increasing and rising faster in the under 40’s. Registered cases of type 2 in this age group have increased 23% in just five years, and it is predicted that the number of people in the UK aged between 18 and 39 living with a diagnosis of the condition could hit 200,000 by 2027.

This is why, as part of our wider commitment to help our customers to lead healthier lives, we’re now partnering with Diabetes UK to encourage a million people to better understand their individual risk.

Ahead of World Diabetes Day on 14 November 2022, we hope customers will take an online risk assessment at or, if they need further help and support, visit one of our 373 in-store pharmacies for a free private consultation with one of our Pharmacists.

For many, the steps to prevent diabetes may sound quite simple: eating better, being more active and getting the right health advice at the right time. But for people in many communities across the UK, it’s a significant challenge. For families pressed for time and money, eating healthily can feel out of reach and it can be difficult to access support and information when you need it. The rising cost of living may only make a healthy lifestyle feel harder to come by.

At Tesco we believe that this is unacceptable. No one should have to suffer because of a disease that could be prevented and in these tough times, we must do more to ensure that communities can access the food and support they need for good health, whoever they are, whatever their budget.

In addition to launching an online risk assessment and in-store support at Tesco pharmacies, we have also worked with Diabetes UK to produce a series of healthy and budget-friendly recipes, which are available through the Tesco Real Food website at
Reducing your risk of type 2 diabetes is doable and affordable, with the right support, and a few simple changes can make a big difference

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