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The statistics from NHS England are highlighted as part of Diabetes Prevention Week running from 1 – 7 April 2019. It’s also estimated that over five million people in England are at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
As part of the campaign, GPs across west Herts are raising awareness of Healthier You: Diabetes Prevention Programme. This is a lifestyle change programme which helps those at risk of Type 2 diabetes to reduce their risk by helping participants to manage their weight, eat more healthily and be more active.
Dr Nicola Cowap, Watford and Three Rivers GP and Diabetes Clinical lead at Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group, said:
“If you are worried that you may be at risk of developing diabetes, take up the offer of a free NHS Health Check which will assess your risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and hypertension. You can also ask your GP or practice nurse for a blood test to check your blood sugar levels.
“If you are invited to attend an NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme session, I really recommend you do. Over 14,000 people have already been referred in our area, with over 40% taking up the offer. Of those who completed the programme and adopted a healthier lifestyle, their average weight loss was 3.95kg, helping reduce their risk of getting Type 2 diabetes.”
GPs are encouraging people to:
For people across west Hertfordshire who have already been diagnosed with diabetes, there is now a greater network of support with the recent launch of the Herts Valleys Integrated Diabetes Service. This service brings together the various clinical services that support diabetics in an integrated service including community diabetes nurses, podiatry and mental health services; giving GPs a single point of referral so patients are seen by the right person and service for their needs.
Find out more information here: https://hertsvalleysccg.nhs.uk/your-services/local-services/diabetes