Free National Diabetes Prevention Programme

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It can be tough to make lifestyle changes but with the right help it is possible to make simple changes to your diet, weight and the amount of physical activity that can significantly reduce your risk, or even stop you, developing Type 2 diabetes.

What is prediabetes (borderline diabetes)?

Many more people have blood sugar levels above the normal range, but not high enough to be diagnosed as having diabetes.

This is sometimes known as pre-diabetes. If your blood sugar level is above the normal range, your risk of developing full-blown diabetes is increased.

It's very important for diabetes to be diagnosed as early as possible because it will get progressively worse if left untreated.

Know YOUR risk
 
The Know Your Risk tool helps to find out if you are at risk of Type 2 diabetes. It only takes a three minutes and could be the most important thing you do today.

If you have concerns and your risk score is high, ask your GP or practice nurse to arrange the necessary blood tests now. 

You can also discuss your eligibility to attend the FREE Diabetes Prevention Programme at your next NHS Health Check appointment as a blood test is a part of your Health Check appointment. 

What is the FREE Diabetes Prevention Programme?

The Diabetes Prevention Programme is a voluntary 10-month programme where:

Patients receive tailored, personalised support to reduce their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes

Patients receive education on healthy eating and lifestyle, help to lose weight and physical exercise programmes

Sessions are held in a local venue, in groups of up to 20 people with ongoing 1:1 support in daytime and evening sessions

Type 2 Diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes is a common condition that causes the level of sugar (glucose) in the blood to become too high.

It can cause symptoms like excessive thirst, needing to pee a lot and tiredness. It can also increase your risk of getting serious problems with your eyes, heart and nerves.

It's a lifelong condition that can affect your everyday life. You may need to change your diet, take medicines and have regular check-ups.

It's caused by problems with a chemical in the body (hormone) called insulin. It's often linked to being overweight or inactive, or having a family history of Type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes Prevention Programme patient leaflets 

Leaflets about the NDPP programme are available to download below in the following languages. 

বাংলা|廣東話 [广东话]|ગુજરાતી|Polski|العربية

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