Diabetes Prevention

A national programme is helping prevent the spread of type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes is a growing concern in the UK. Diabetes can have a signifcant impact on your quality of life. As well as potentially leading to periods of illness and ill health, diabetes needs to be considered for many everyday things beyond just what you eat such as driving, insurance, employment, travelling, sex and pregnancy. 

As well as the direct consequences of diabetes to the quality of life, it is also a major contributor to life threatening conditions such as kidney failure, heart attack and stroke.

There are currently five million people in England at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Estimates state that by 2034, one in three people will be obese and one in 10 will develop type 2 diabetes. However, it's not too late to do something about it. For many people diabetes is preventable.

Healthier You: The NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (DPP) started in 2016 with the specific task of helping at risk people reduce their chances of developing the disease.

Those referred to the nine-month programme will receive personalised help to reduce their risk, including education on healthy eating and lifestyle, help to lose weight and bespoke physical exercise programmes.

Participants receive support to change their lifestyle in a friendly and supportive group environment, facilitated by specialist staff trained in behaviour change and diabetes prevention and recruited from the local community.

In Thurrock, around 5000 people are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes - a largely preventable disease. Thurrock CCG is working closely with GP practices in Thurrock to ensure that the most at risk patients are invited to join the new programme.

Pulse ICS Healthcare is delivering the programme here in Thurrock. For more information about the programme in Essex, see the brochure below:

pdf NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme in Essex - June 2017 (596 KB)

How to Register

If you have been told you are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, are registered at a GP practice in Essex and haven’t already been referred to the programme, you can ask your GP, nurse or NHS Health Check professional to refer you.

You can also register for the programme online by visiting the Healthier You: DPP website. Please note: you will need a letter from your GP that confirms you are at risk of type 2 diabetes and are able to register for the programme. You will need the following information contained in the letter to complete the registration process:

  • Your NHS number
  • Your latest HbA1c or FPG reading, including the date
  • Your GP surgery name

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