In Lincolnshire, 50,000 people are living with diabetes, which is roughly eight per cent of the population. There are significant variations across the county however, with some areas as high as 14%.
Type 2 diabetes is often linked to lifestyle. It represents a real threat to health and if untreated it can lead to stroke, blindness, heart disease, kidney failure and lower limb amputation. 500 people per week die prematurely in the UK from Diabetes related complications
Even if you are at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, it is not too late.
90% of Type 2 Diabetes diagnosis could be prevented by making small, simple lifestyle changes such as not taking sugar in your tea or coffee, walking to the shop instead of driving and eating brown bread instead of white.
With almost 10,000 patients now referred within Lincolnshire, the National Diabetes Prevention Programme is a nine month programme for those patients at risk of developing diabetes. Totalling 24 hours of active attendance, the programme provides personalised help to reduce your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes through improved food choices, weight loss and increasing activity. It is free to attend and programmes are running locally to where you live.
Your GP practice is able to refer you to the programme if your blood sugar reading is within the eligible range. You can also self-refer through visiting www.preventing-diabetes.co.uk/self-referral/ or by telephoning 0333 577 3010 (you will need to get your eligible blood sugar reading and date from your GP).
You can find out more about your risk factors using the ‘Know your Risk’ tool at www.diabetes.org.uk/risk
Find out more about the NDPP on the links below, by visiting www.england.nhs.uk/ndpp or ask a member of your GP practice team.
Link to leaflets:
Watch The NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme story
Each year, more and more people are being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. This can lead to stroke, blindness, heart disease, kidney failure, limb amputation and early death. Find out how the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme can help those at high risk of Type 2 diabetes to make lifestyle changes and reduce their risk.
Watch Tom's story (NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme)
This animation follows Tom who has been told he is at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
It looks at how Tom can prevent the disease from developing and how he got the help and support he needed from the Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme.