Take action to reduce the chance of developing diabetes
Health bosses in Herefordshire and Worcestershire are supporting Diabetes Prevention Week (23-29 May), which encourages those at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes to act now to reduce the likelihood of them developing the condition.
There are 3.9 million people diagnosed with 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.
Every two minutes someone finds out that they have Type 2 diabetes, a potentially serious health condition that can cause long-term health problems. It can lead to sight loss, kidney failure, loss of a limb, and makes you at least twice as likely to have a heart attack or stroke.
It’s very important that you find out if you are at high risk of Type 2 diabetes so you can get support to lower your risk.
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 Ritesh Dua, Diabetes Clinical Leads for NHS Herefordshire and Worcestershire CCG said: “I’m 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.
Dr Mandy Ward, Diabetes Clinical Leads for NHS Herefordshire and Worcestershire CCG said: “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.”
Type 2 diabetes can be a very serious health condition and can lead to long-term health problems if left untreated. It’s a leading cause of vision loss in people of working age. It’s also responsible for most cases of kidney failure and lower limb amputation (other than accidents). But the good news is that you can significantly reduce your risk by making small lifestyle changes that will make a big difference; maintaining a healthy weight, eating well and being active are all steps that you can take today.
If you are worried about any symptoms or if you feel you’re at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, speak to your GP practice team.
To find out more about the Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention programme, visit www.preventing-diabetes.co.uk