HEALTH leaders in Worcestershire support Diabetes Prevention Week and encourage those at risk for type 2 diabetes to act now to reduce the chances of developing the disease.
One of the main goals of the week is to raise awareness of the Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention program.
Access is through referral from a general practitioner to anyone who has had a blood test in the past 24 months and can show that they are at risk for type 2 diabetes.
Residents who have not seen a GP but fear that they may be at risk can quickly and anonymously review their risk assessment online at riskcore.diabetes.org.uk.
More than 500,000 people nationwide were enrolled in the program, and those who completed it and were overweight lost an average of 3.6 kg, more than originally forecast.
Richard Broggie, a local resident who is currently on the program, said, “The main goal for me is to get my blood sugar levels down to normal and lose some weight.
“I’ve already done both. My goal is to lose more weight for the remainder of the program, keep my blood sugar normal, and make sure I can keep up with the lifestyle changes I’ve made so far. ”
For more information on the Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention program, please visit www.lwtcsupport.co.uk/about