Posted: Wednesday 18th April 2018
It’s Diabetes Prevention Week and to highlight the week, Hertfordshire resident Tony Wright has shared his story of how he has taken steps to reduce his risk of developing the disease.
Type 2 Diabetes affects nearly 50,000 people in Hertfordshire and costs over £6 billion a year nationally to treat.
The Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme supports people at high risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes to follow healthier lifestyles and reduce their likelihood of developing the condition.
Tony was referred to the service by his GP. He was supported to make some simple lifestyle changes, like improving his diet and introducing daily activity, to help him lose weight, improve his blood pressure and reduce his risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes. At his six month review he had lost 10.8kg and his blood sugar levels and blood pressure had also improved.
He said that the support he received from his Health and Wellbeing coach throughout the course had been a significant factor in helping him to make and maintain the lifestyle changes he had achieved, as well as support from friends and family.
Over 2600 residents in Hertfordshire have now benefitted from the programme. Tony is now urging others to check whether they may be at risk of the disease and take action on improving their own health.
Around 90% of those with diabetes have Type 2, which is closely linked to obesity and largely preventable by making simple lifestyle changes to diet, activity levels and weight management.
If you are concerned that you may be at risk, visit www.nhs.uk/diabetes