Wiltshire residents urged to reduce their risk of Type 2 diabetes

The Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NDPP) is launching a Diabetes Prevention week campaign from 16 – 22 April 2018, and Wiltshire residents are being urged to eat healthily and be more active in order to help reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes. 

The campaign is also aiming to raise the awareness of the causes of Type 2 diabetes and the complications associated with it.

Diabetes is a long-term condition that affects the body’s ability to process sugar or glucose.  Early symptoms of diabetes include feeling very thirsty, feeling very tired and experiencing blurred vision. 

Diabetes can have serious health consequences; however, with careful management, people with diabetes can continue to lead full, healthy and active lives.

Type 2 diabetes is linked to lifestyle and it is estimated that over five million people in England are at high risk of developing the condition which in many cases can be prevented, so now more than ever is the time to support people to reduce their risk of developing the condition, as the need for prevention has never been greater.

Dr Andrew Girdher, GP at Box Surgery said,
“The Diabetes Prevention Programme offers a proven approach to support people who have been identified as being at risk to maintain a healthy weight and be more active; two factors which can significantly reduce the risk of developing the condition.

Participants learn how to eat healthily, add physical activity to their routine, manage stress, stay motivated and solve problems that can get in the way of healthy changes.”

If you have been told you are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, are registered at a GP practice in Wiltshire and haven’t already been referred to the programme, you can ask your GP or nurse to refer you.

If you haven’t been told you are at risk, you could go to www.riskscore.diabetes.co.uk to get an estimate of your risk of developing type 2 diabetes and if you are, ask your GP or practice nurse for a blood test to check your blood sugar levels. 

You can find out more about the Diabetes Prevention Programme at www.england.nhs.uk/ndpp