The numbers of people being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes continues to rocket in Solihull with almost 2,000 more people registered with the disease in the last five years.
Between 2012 and 2017 an extra 1,900 people have been registered at local GPs with the disease, meaning there are now 13,953 people registered with Type 2 diabetes living in Solihull.
An analysis of 192 patients across the Birmingham and Solihull area following the Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NHS DPP) delivered by Living Well Taking Control (LWTC), who have completed their first six weeks of group sessions, reveals that 65% of them lost weight.
At the outset 86% of them were classed as either overweight or obese. After six weeks 8% had improved their weight category, including 2% who had moved into the healthy range. Patients continue to receive support for a year, to help their change in lifestyle choices to become their new ‘normal’ behaviour.
Feedback from Solihull patients about their experiences of the programme has been extremely positive:
“I would recommend the programme to make people aware of the dangers of what we eat and the need to change our lifestyles, because diabetes is different for everyone.” Sandra
“The course has been very helpful. It has made me more aware of what I need to do to control insulin levels.” Gaynor
“I have learnt a lot about the meaning of diabetes. The programme has helped me to change my lifestyle.” Jackie
Further information about the NHS DPP being delivered by LWTC in Solihull is available at www.lwtcsupport.co.uk/solihull