Residents at risk of diabetes can sign up to a life-changing programme

Thursday, August 6, 2020

It is estimated that one in three people will be obese by 2034, and one in 10 will develop Type 2 diabetes. As people with diabetes have a significantly higher risk of dying with COVID-19, there has never been a better time to take control of your health and reduce your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

The Healthier You NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme can support you to improve your diet, get more physically active and lose weight. Access to trusted information and support is key to helping people manage their diabetes.

This world-leading diabetes prevention programme has helped hundreds of thousands of people across the country take small steps to get control of their own health. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the programme is being delivered remotely via group video conference, or online through apps and websites.

Nigel Taylor, diabetes lead for NHS South Sefton and NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), said“Type 2 diabetes remains a major health concern to the population and one which we continued to address and engage with patients during the coronavirus pandemic, following the national guidelines.”

“If you have already been diagnosed, have a family history of diabetes, or just feel that your health and wellbeing has changed significantly over the last four months, I would suggest that you complete the Diabetes UK risk online form, which will determine whether you are eligible to join the Healthier You NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme.

“If you are unable to use the online tool, you can self-refer by telephoning 0800 321 3150; the important thing is to make contact so that we can help to improve your health.

 “Making small changes to your everyday life choices such as more exercise, less alcohol, changes to your diet and quitting smoking are positive steps that can improve your health and lifestyle dramatically.”

For more information on diabetes and what you can do to prevent it, visit the Healthier You website.

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