National Diabetes Prevention Programme
Every two minutes, someone finds out that they have Type 2 diabetes.
There are 3.9 million people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in the UK. This figure has more than doubled in the last 20 years. If current trends persist, 1 in 10 people will develop Type 2 diabetes by 2035. In Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes (BLMK), there are just over 50,000 people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and it’s estimated a further 15,000 people have Type 2 diabetes but have not yet been diagnosed.
Type 2 diabetes can be a very serious health condition and can lead to long-term health problems if left untreated. However, Type 2 diabetes is preventable. People can significantly reduce their risk by making small lifestyle changes to lose excess body weight, become more physically active and adopt a healthier diet.
Across BLMK, GP practices have been working hard to identify people at increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and offer them referral to The Healthier You NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme. Since its launch around 3 years ago, almost 25,000 people have been referred to the programme from GP practices.
Eligible local residents are now able to sign themselves up to the Healthier You programme, without a referral from their GP practice.
The process is really simple – you just need to use the Diabetes UK ‘Know Your Risk’ tool . This just takes a few minutes to fill out, with some straightforward questions and measurement of your height, weight and waist. If the tool estimates that you are at moderate or high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, you will be invited to sign up to your free local Healthier You service.
The Healthier You service provided locally has a range of personalised support. There is access to trained health coaches to help you focus on your goals and keep you motivated, as well as connecting you with other people locally who are working to reduce their risk of Type 2 diabetes.
Although the programme is normally delivered in groups at different times and locations, right now it is being offered over group telephone or video conference, or online through apps and websites. Groups sessions are available in 14 different languages including Urdu, Punjabi, Bengali, Hindi, Arabic, Somali and Polish in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes.
For further information or alternative formats, please visit Preventing Diabetes: Bedfordshire, Luton & Milton Keynes.
Type 2 diabetes is two to four times more likely in people of South Asian descent and Black Caribbean or Black African descent. That’s why it’s really important that you find out if you are at risk. You may be eligible to join your local Healthier You NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme, which can help you reduce your risk by offering advice on eating healthily, being more active and managing your weight.
Check out the Healthier You leaflets