Make small changes to your life in Diabetes Prevention Week
Published Friday, 5 April 2019
Public Health Bromley is supporting Diabetes Prevention Week in April 2019 with a message that small lifestyle changes can have big health benefits.
Around 200,000 people in the England are diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes every year. In Bromley there are an estimated 22,024 people living with diabetes, some 8.3 per cent of the population of Bromley aged 16 and over. Though slightly lower than the average in England, numbers are growing. Bromley Public Health’s Annual Public Health Report highlighted concerns two years ago when Bromley’s Director of Public Health Dr. Nada Lemic stated, “Type 2 diabetes is one of the most significant public health challenges of our time and is a national and local priority.”
Making small lifestyle changes, however, can have a big impact on future health, leading to a reduction in the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes as well as minimising future health complications associated with it. Having expert advice available to help you make the right choices along the way can make these lifestyle changes even easier to put into practice.
Those who believe they may be at risk of developing type 2 diabetes due to a sedentary lifestyle, being overweight or other factors should ask their GP to check or use the Know Your Risk tool which only takes three minutes. There is plenty of information in the council’s annual report and online to help make changes: try visiting preventing-diabetes.co.uk/ to get started.
In addition, the free NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme provided by the NHS ‘Healthier You’ initiative will support those considered at serious risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by offering personalised support including nutritional sessions and weight loss programmes .Referrals can be made through GPs, nurses and health check professionals.
Cllr Diane Smith Executive Member for Adult Care and Health said: “It is important that we all think about the way we live our lives so that preventable illnesses can be just that. Type 2 diabetes is on the increase in Bromley and the country as a whole, but it can be avoided with some sensible changes in diet and through taking more exercise. Public Health Bromley is urging residents to take control, look online for advice, take NHS health checks and consult their GP if they are concerned.”
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Notes to editors:
NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NHS DPP) - ‘Healthier You’ programme. https://preventing-diabetes.co.uk/about-us/
Diabetes UK Type 2 Diabetes Risk Score Tool: https://riskscore.diabetes.org.uk/start
‘Healthier You’ eligibility criteria:
- Aged 18 years and over
- Registered with a GP practice in one of our delivery areas https://preventing-diabetes.co.uk/our-areas/
- Have high glucose levels - Find out what this means
- Not pregnant
- Able to take part in light/ moderate physical activity