NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme
More than 200,000 people are diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes every year – and that means the risk of potentially serious health complications and early death.
Modern life can make it hard to be healthy but for many people Type 2 diabetes can be prevented by making small lifestyle changes.
Diabetes is a leading cause of sight loss in people of working age. It is also responsible for most cases of kidney failure and lower limb amputation (other than accidents), and people with diabetes are up to five times more likely to develop heart disease or have a stroke than those without diabetes.
However, Type 2 diabetes can be prevented by:
• Managing your weight
• Eating healthily
• Being more active
The Healthier You NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme is a free programme for those who are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
If you're at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes you may be eligible to join your free local Healthier You NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme. This programme can support you to improve your diet, get more physically active and lose weight (where appropriate) to reduce your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
The first thing you need to do is to find out if you are at risk of developing the condition. You can do this by using the Diabetes UK risk tool below. You'll be asked a series of questions to identify if you are at a low, moderate or high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Make sure to have a tape measure handy as you'll need to measure your waist. If you're at moderate or high risk, you'll be invited to sign up to your free local Healthier You service.
Getting Started - Local Support
Leading a healthy lifestyle and looking after ourselves can help us to live healthier, longer and more fulfilling lives. Many people are nervous or unsure where to start.
Living Well Taking Control has been commissioned to deliver the Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme across Dorset. If you are over 18 years old and have had a blood test within the last 12 months which indicates you are at a high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes then your GP may refer you to the programme, or you can use the Diabetes UK know your risk tool to be self-referred if you are at risk of diabetes/prediabetes.
LiveWell Dorset is a healthy lifestyle service for any adult resident in Dorset offering free support and coaching to get active, lose weight, stop smoking and reduce alcohol intake.
LiveWell Finder is an online directory of activities, groups and meetings to help you reach your health goals.
Zahoor hasn't always focused on his health, which is part of what led to his Type 2 diabetes. After that wake-up call, he wanted to find ways to look after his health, including moving more.
Whether dancing around in the living room, using outdoor gym equipment at his local park, or playing cricket with his grandchildren, he's made being active something that he enjoys.