New Year Recommendation from Shropshire Patient to Help Tackle Type 2 Diabetes

8 January 2021 11:57am

A local resident has ‘100% recommended’ joining a diabetes prevention programme, available to residents across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), as part of new year resolutions.

The Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NDPP) provides tailored action plans across a 9-month period to improve lifestyles and minimise the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.  

The scheme is delivered locally by healthcare provider Living Well Taking Control and is run in partnership with NHS England, Public Health England and Diabetes UK.

Patients in the Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin area can self-refer into the programme or can be referred by a healthcare professional at their local GP practice. 

Shelley Wingrove, from Much Wenlock, who was referred onto the programme by her GP, has enjoyed the support received through the NDPP and says they would recommend others to set a resolution to join the initiative.

Shelley said: “I would 100% recommend the programme to others. I had not realised how much of a risk diabetes was to me and it feels good to take control and reduce that risk.

“I have really enjoyed the support and motivation provided by the programme. I was already in the process of trying to eat better and lose some weight but the programme has really motivated me to continue.

“With current coronavirus restrictions we have been unable to meet face-to-face, but the delivery of the sessions remotely has been excellent and it is easy to fit in with no travelling involved.

“We have also been able to speak to our NDPP locality coach on a one-to-one basis which has been very helpful for me.

“I have made a lot of positive changes as a result of joining the scheme. I have increased my exercise regime and I’m also logging my daily steps which is motivating me to try harder.

“I think the biggest change so far is with my diet. I thought I had a good knowledge of nutrition and portion sizes but actually I had a lot to learn. It has all been a huge eye-opener.

“The NDPP has raised my awareness and improved my outlook on life which is why I would love to see others make similar changes for the better and reduce their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.”

Dr Julian Povey, Joint Chair of Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin CCGs, said: “Type 2 diabetes is a serious threat to many people in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin and can lead to numerous complications. It is very important that we raise awareness of the issue and inform people of what can be done to reduce the risk.   

“It is great to hear how the programme has helped Shelley to make positive improvements to her lifestyle. By simply eating well, moving more and losing weight, if you are carrying any extra, you can reduce your chances of developing Type 2 diabetes, so I hope many more decide to join the programme in 2021.”

To be referred to the NDPP you must:

  • be aged 18 years or over
  • not be pregnant
  • not have a blood result confirming a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes
  • have had a non-diabetic hyperglycaemia reading within the last 24 months

Please follow this link for more information on the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NDPP) or complete the quick and easy ‘Know Your Risk’ test online to find out your risk of developing the condition.