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Norfolk and Waveney CCG Supports Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Week

Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Week (10-16 May) is a joint campaign from NHS England, Public Health England and Diabetes UK. The campaign aims to raise awareness of Type 2 diabetes, how to prevent it, and at-risk groups, and encourages patients to check their risk via the Diabetes UK Know Your Risk tool. There are 12.3 million people in the UK at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. But for many people there are steps you can take to reduce your risk. That’s why we are raising awareness of the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and how to reduce it.

Dr Clare Hambling is the GP clinical lead for diabetes with Norfolk and Waveney CCG: “It’s really important that we raise awareness of Type 2 diabetes as it is often preventable through lifestyle choices. You can prevent Type 2 diabetes by eating a healthy, balanced diet, maintaining a healthy weight and keeping physically active.

“Experience over the last year has shown that people living with Type 2 diabetes face a significantly higher risk of dying with COVID-19. There are also some groups at higher risk of Type 2 diabetes: men, people of South Asian or Black ethnicity, people who are overweight and people with a family history of Type 2 diabetes.

“Anyone can find out their risk of Type 2 diabetes by using the Diabetes UK Know Your Risk Score at riskscore.diabetes.org.uk or by searching ‘Know Your Risk’. If your score comes back as ‘at risk’, sign up to your free local Healthier You programme via self-referral, or, if you think you or a family member may be at risk, ask at your GP practice about your free local Healthier You programme.”

The Healthier You NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme is a 9-month evidence-based lifestyle change programme which helps people at high risk of Type 2 diabetes to reduce their risk through managing their weight, eating more healthily and being more physically active. Patients are eligible for the programme if they are: aged over 18, not pregnant and registered with a GP practice. They can self-refer on to the programme if they score ‘moderate’ or ‘high’ on the Diabetes UK Know Your Risk tool. People with a previously raised blood glucose level may also be eligible.

Clare adds: “In the coming week we will be writing to all eligible patients registered with GP practices in the Lowestoft Primary Care Network, offering them an opportunity to participate through our Protect NoW (Norfolk and Waveney) programme - an innovative project supporting our local practices in offering people at risk of developing type 2 diabetes a referral into the NHS Healthier You Diabetes Prevention programme. Those patients selected will have had a blood test with their practice in the last two years that has shown them to be at higher risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. More and more patients are joining the programme and providing positive feedback that this is really helping to make a difference to their health and wellbeing. For example, one participant said:

‘The regular sessions with the Coach, inspire confidence that I am focussing on the key priorities, to enable me to avoid developing Type 2 diabetes, and the Coach strikes a nice balance, being informative and supportive, without putting any pressure on the participants. I am glad that I did choose to ‘get with the programme’.

For more information visit: https://www.diabetes.org.uk/get_involved/diabetes-prevention-week  

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