Be a healthier version of you – say no to type 2 diabetes03/04/2019

This Diabetes Prevention Week (1-7 April) local people are being urged to join a national programme to help them reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes. It’s easy to find out your risk of developing the condition by taking Diabetes UK’s quick and easy online test and contacting your GP if your score puts you at higher risk.

Those in the ‘at risk’ group can take part in a flagship NHS diabetes prevention programme across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Evidence shows that risk increases with age, if you have a family history of diabetes, if you are overweight (especially if you carry a lot of weight around your middle) or have had high blood pressure, or if you are Chinese, South Asian, African-Caribbean or Black African.

Once a health professional has referred you to the programme, you’ll be contacted to check your eligibility and invited to join friendly group sessions, at a venue local to you. You’ll get the chance to meet other people looking to lower their risk and speak to trained facilitators, there to help you increase your knowledge and understanding.

Making very simple changes to your diet, weight and the amount of physical activity you do can make a massive difference. The sessions are free and you’ll make all the decisions, based on the practical skills you’ll learn.

The programme has already achieved significant success rates across the country, with more than half of overweight patients who attend sessions achieving an average weight loss of 3.7kg (8.16lbs).

Around 90 per cent of all people with diabetes have Type 2 diabetes, which is closely linked to obesity, and there is strong evidence to suggest it is preventable. A lack of exercise, poor diet and being overweight are all risk factors for developing the disease.

For more information about the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme contact your GP or visit the Stop Diabetes website.