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Preventing 400 cases of diabetes in Solihull

More than 400 people at risk of developing type 2 diabetes in Solihull have been asked to take part in a local health programme to help them change their lifestyle and reduce their risk. 

The NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme offers series of free classes which cover healthy eating and weight management. Since August 2016, 414 referrals have been made.

Type 2 diabetes is very serious and can lead to serious health complications such as heart disease and stroke. It is also preventable with a few simple lifestyle changes. In Solihull GPs can refer patients onto the programme if a blood test shows that they may be at risk of developing the condition.

In the last 20 years cases of Type 2 diabetes have doubled, it now accounts for 90% of all diabetes cases in the Solihull area – 13,953 are now registered as having the condition. This is a rise of more than 15% in the two years leading up to 2016.

Bernadette Faulkner, Diabetes Lead for NHS Solihull CCG said, “Type 2 diabetes can be prevented. Your chance of developing Type 2 diabetes can be reduced significantly by monitoring your weight, exercising more and making healthier food choices. The programme is a great opportunity for those residents that need it to learn how to help themselves to improve not just their physical health but their mental wellbeing too.

The classes are being held at Bosworth Community Centre, Olton Library and Coleshill Health Primary School Community Hub.”

Solihull resident Sandra said, “The programme has opened up what little knowledge I had on diabetes. I received excellent encouragement and support and have put what I have learned into practice. The programme educated me and taught me how I can improve my quality of life. I would recommend the programme to make others aware of the dangers of what we eat and the need to change our lifestyles, because diabetes is different for everyone.”

The classes are delivered by Living Well Taking Control (LWTC).

Residents can only go on the programme if they have been asked to by their GP. Those that have recently had a blood test for diabetes should look out for a letter from their GP inviting them to take part.

If you feel at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, speak to your GP and request a blood test. For more information on the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NHS DPP) or the Living Well Taking Control (LWTC) service call 0330 2233 706.