It’s Diabetes Prevention Week and people living in Lancashire and South Cumbria are being encouraged to ‘know their risk’ when it comes to Type 2 diabetes.
As part of the week, which runs from 1-7 April, NHS Blackpool and NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Groups are urging people to think about what factors can increase the risk of developing the potentially life threatening condition – and what can be done to prevent it.
Type 2 diabetes is one of the biggest healthcare challenges of our time and some groups are at a higher risk of developing it:
- People who are overweight
- Those from some ethnic minority groups
- Those with a family history
People can find out their level of risk by using Diabetes UK’s ‘know your risk tool’ at www.diabetes.org.uk/knowyourrisk.
Those who are at risk can access the Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NDPP) which went live in July 2017 in Lancashire and South Cumbria.
The programme helps people at risk of Type 2 diabetes to reduce that risk by helping them to manage their weight, eat more healthily and be more active.
To date more than 1,700 people have been referred onto the programme across the Fylde Coast. More than 1,200 people have had an initial assessment and 182 people have completed the programme, having lost an average of three kilograms each.