Barnsley Council’s Public Health colleagues are supporting the first national programme to help those who are at high risk of Type 2 Diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes is a leading cause of preventable sight loss in people of working age and is a major contributor to kidney failure, heart attack, and stroke.
The NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme is a joint commitment from NHS England, Public Health England and Diabetes UK.
It gives participants personalised support to help them achieve a healthy weight, improve their diet and become more physically active, all of which together which been shown to reduce the risk of developing the condition.
Patients eligible for referral are those who are:
- Aged 18 and over
- Not pregnant at referral
- Have had a blood glucose level in the past 12 months that indicates prediabetes
- Have had no subsequent diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes
Barnsley residents who think the programme might be helpful for them or someone they know are advised to speak to their GP or Health Practitioner.
There is also more information on NHS England’s Prevention Programme page: https://www.england.nhs.uk/diabetes/diabetes-prevention/