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Take action to reduce the chance of developing diabetes

Health bosses in Herefordshire and Worcestershire are supporting Diabetes Week (8-14 June), which encourages those at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes to act now to reduce the likelihood of them developing the condition.

One of the main aims of the week is raising awareness of the Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme, which offers support to patients to help them build on their own motivation to make realistic changes to their lives, including what they eat and how active they are.

Access to the programme is via referral from a GP, for anyone who has had a blood test in the last 12 months showing they are at risk of Type 2 diabetes. Patients can also request a referral from their GP, if they’ve not yet been offered the programme, but know they’re at risk.

Dr Carl Ellson, NHS Herefordshire and Worcestershire CCG Medical Director said: “We’re very pleased that thousands of people across Herefordshire and Worcestershire are already well on their way to improving their health and wellbeing thanks to this programme.

“Whether it’s improving someone’s diet or getting them to become more active, this programme offers the help and support needed to make important changes to their lives.”

If you are worried about any symptoms or if you feel you’re at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, speak to your GP or Practice Nurse.

To find out more about the Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention programme, visit www.preventing-diabetes.co.uk

Information that was held previously by NHS Herefordshire CCG, NHS Redditch and Bromsgrove CCG, NHS South Worcestershire CCG and NHS Wyre Forest CCG was transferred to NHS Herefordshire and Worcestershire CCG on 1 April 2020.

The new CCG is the the new data controller. Any questions about the use of data (including patient data) by the new CCG should be directed to mlcsu.ig@nhs.net.