Diabetes

Diabetes

Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes a person's blood sugar level to become too high. There are two main types of diabetes.

Type 1: Where the pancreas doesn't produce any insulin.

Type 2: Where the pancreas doesn't produce enough insulin or the body’s cells don't react to insulin.

NHS Choices Diabetes information

Diabetes risk score calculator

Many people are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes without realising it. By completing the Diabetes UK risk score calculator, you can find out how at risk you are, and what to do next.

Support groups

  • East Birmingham/North Solihull Diabetes patient support group:
    These groups offer people living with diabetes a chance to meet and share experiences with others. They are all run by volunteers and typically meet on a monthly basis, often with a speaker on a topic such as diet or exercise. Tel: 01922 614500

Healthier You - NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme

Over three million people in England already have Type 2 diabetes and, according to Diabetes UK, it’s estimated that as many as four million people could have the disease by 2025.

Every year, about 20,000 people with diabetes die early. Complications associated with diabetes include heart, stroke, kidney, eye and foot problems.

Proposed Solution

The Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme is a joint commitment from NHS England, Public Health England and Diabetes UK to deliver at scale evidence-based behavioural interventions for individuals identified as being at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. 

The programme aims to delay or prevent onset of Type 2 Diabetes by supporting people to achieve a healthy weight, be physically active and adopt a healthy diet.

Roll-out of the programme began in 2016.  By 2020 the aim is to have up to 100,000 places per year available across England. 

Get Involved

The provider of the Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme in Solihull is Living Well Taking Control (LWTC).

Individuals can take an online risk assessment and if they think they are at high risk contact their GP practice and ask for a health check and find out if they are eligible for the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme.

For more information visit www.lwtcsupport.co.uk