Video showcases NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme

An animated video has been produced to highlight the benefits of the "Healthier You" NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme.

The video tells the story of "Tom" and how he deals with learning that he is at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

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Cheshire and Wirral is one of 27 “wave one” sites in England to offer people at risk of Type 2 diabetes access to the nine-month "Healthier You" NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme.

Commissioned by NHS England in partnership with Public Health England (PHE) and Diabetes UK, the programme is aimed at reducing the incidence of Type 2 diabetes. In Cheshire and Wirral it is delivered by ICS Health and Wellbeing.

Those referred onto the programme receive tailored, personalised help to reduce their risk of Type 2 diabetes, including education on healthy eating and lifestyle, help to lose weight (where necessary) and bespoke physical exercise programmes - all of which have been proven to reduce the risk of developing the disease.

GP practices across Cheshire and Wirral can refer patients who are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes onto the programme. Referrals can also come via GP appointments and routine health checks.

In West Cheshire, the existing Diabetes Essentials education programme, run by the Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, is also a referral mechanism.

More than 50,000 people in Cheshire and Wirral have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, with tens of thousands more classed as being at high risk of diagnosis.

People at risk of Type 2 diabetes may be able to prevent it developing by making lifestyle changes such as:

• Eating a healthy, balanced diet
• Losing weight (if they are overweight) and maintaining a healthy weight
• Stopping smoking (if they smoke)
• Drinking alcohol in moderation
• Taking plenty of regular exercise

People who already have Type 2 diabetes may also be able to control their symptoms, and minimise the risk of complications, by making similar lifestyle changes.

Date added: 16/06/2017

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