There are 3.9 million people diagnosed with diabetes in the UK. Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body either doesn’t produce enough insulin or the insulin it does produce doesn’t work properly (insulin resistance). It can be a combination of both.
Diabetes can cause serious long-term health problems. 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). People with diabetes are at least twice as likely to develop heart disease or have a stroke than those without diabetes. It’s therefore essential to be diagnosed as early as possible because Type 2 diabetes is likely to get worse if left untreated.
The risk of Type 2 diabetes can be reduced by getting support to lose weight (where appropriate), getting more physically active and eating healthy food. Furthermore, the risk of COVID-19 related in-hospital death is doubled by Type 2 diabetes.
Your local Healthier You service has a range of personalised support to help you do just that. From helping you eat well, to tips on weight loss and physical activity, the service is here to support you on your journey back to a Healthier You. To help you keep focused and motivated on your goals, you’ll have 9 months FREE access to trained health coaches, and you’ll be able to meet other people in your area who are also trying to reduce their risk of Type 2 diabetes. Although the programme is normally delivered in groups at different times and locations, right now it’s offered over telephone or group video conference, or online through apps and websites
Eligibility criteria to join the programme
- Aged 18 years and over
- Registered with a GP practice in one of our delivery areas
- High glucose levels - Find out what this means here
- Either a HbA1c reading of 42-47 or a Know Your Risk score of 16+
- Not pregnant
- Able to take part in light/moderate physical activity
- Not diagnosed as already having Type 2 diabetes
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Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, North Durham, Durham, Darlington, Teesside, Hambleton, Richmondshire, Whitby
How to join?
If you have been told you are at risk of diabetes and meet the criteria, you can access the local Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme service in the following ways:
- A referral from your GP or nurse
- A referral from a Health Check professional
- Carried out the Diabetes UK Know Your Risk tool.
- Received a letter from your surgery inviting you to join the Healthier You programme?
Call us on 0345 999 0003 or register below: