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Diabetes Prevention Week

Diabetes Prevention Week

Blackburn with Darwen and East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are urging people to choose a healthier lifestyle this Diabetes Prevention Week (16 April– 22 April 2018).

Type 2 diabetes is largely preventable through lifestyle changes and can cause health problems such as:

  • Sight loss
  • Kidney failure
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke

Dr Rahul Thakur a local GP and clinical lead at both CCGs, said:

“The CCG’s are in the process of doing a few videos for the public and staff that will help with educating the clinicians on referral to the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme and at the same it will educate the citizens of Pennine Lancashire about the programme.”

You can view Dr Rahul talking in more detail about this at:


National statistics show around 200,000 people are diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes every year. The NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NDPP) identifies those at high risk and refers them onto a behaviour change programme. This is a free service run by the NHS to help reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

The NDPP has had great feedback from patients including the Pennine Lancashire patient story’s below:

Anonymous lady – 57 years old

A patient started to feel tired a lot and discussed this with her GP practice nurse who then referred her to have a blood test. The blood test results showed the patient’s HbA1C level was raised slightly. The HbA1C level gives you an indication of how much glucose is present in your blood.  The patient then received a letter inviting her to attend the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme course.

Patient said: “The course was very good and I enjoyed it, I had struggled with diets in the past but this course has taught me to make lifestyle changes and has really made me think about what I buy and eat. The course has educated me to look out for the traffic light food labels and to look out for sugar content in food. I found this to be a very easy to use technique.

Since attending the course I use the healthy plate guide every day and I make sure the food proportions are as according to this. I move more and try to be more active. I walk more and have generally increased my activity. I basically move more and do little simple things which I can fit into my everyday life.” 

Stephen Cowell – 57 Years old 

Stephen went to his GP practice to have his regular routine health check.  Whilst he was there he had a blood test and the results indicated that whilst he doesn’t have diabetes at the moment he is at pre-diabetes stage and was asked if he would like to attend a diabetes awareness course specifically around the prevention of diabetes. Stephen comes from a family who suffer from diabetes so happily agreed.

Stephen said: “This course has opened my eyes. Ever since I was a child I have always been quite active and I do try my best to continue to be active now. I eat my 5 a day and thought I had a good diet too.  I thought I ate well and stayed away from sugar, however I did consume honey instead of sugar and I have learnt that contains a lot of sugar. This course has helped me learn to read food labels properly and I feel we all learn from one another.  You pick up ideas from others about how to cook food in a different way or add in a different ingredient to make it healthy and taste good.”

Since September 2017 Stephen has attended the diabetes prevention course. He explained it was initially 1 hour every week on a Wednesday for the first two months. Then it was every two weeks for a couple of months and thereafter is it was once every month.  The course is coming to an end which saddens Stephen, however he has been told by the tutor he could attend once every 3 months or every 6 months to see how he is getting on.  Since attending the course Stephen’s blood sugar levels have gone down to 36 from 47.  This is a great achievement. This has not only motivated Stephen to do more but has also made him feel better too.

Another great patient story can be viewed at:


If you would like to know more about the programme, please discuss this with your GP.

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