Diabetes prevention course in East Grinstead

PR2043/LC/MF - 11/05/2016

The Mid Sussex Wellbeing Team is hosting a support programme on Friday 20 May for East Grinstead residents who are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

The number of people being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes is increasing nationally. It is estimated that 3.2 million people in England have the condition, which equates to 1 in 17 people, putting them at increased risk of developing devastating complications such as blindness, heart attacks, stroke and amputation.

Some people are more at risk of developing type 2 diabetes than others. Residents with a family history of type 2 diabetes, a Body Mass Index (BMI) over 25 and those who have been identified by a health professional as pre-diabetic are being encouraged to sign-up for the prevention programme.

The Mid Sussex Wellbeing team is running the free half-day course in East Grinstead to show people how they can take control for themselves and reduce the risk of developing the condition. The course looks at small and manageable steps that individuals can take to avoid developing type 2 diabetes, such as changes to diet, activity levels and other lifestyle factors.

“Type 2 diabetes is a serious condition that can have a dramatic impact on your health and wellbeing,” said Councillor Norman Webster, Cabinet Member for Health and Community. “Fortunately, making just a few small lifestyle changes at the pre-diabetes stage can slow and even stop the onset of the disease.

“If you live in the East Grinstead area and think you might be at risk of developing type 2 diabetes then now is the time to take control of the situation and reduce the risk of health problems in the future. Contact the Wellbeing team to book your place on our pre-diabetes programme and they will help you to reduce the risk of developing this unwelcome condition.”

Anyone who is unsure about their risk of developing type 2 diabetes can visit riskscore.diabetes.org.uk/start and take a quick 60 second test provided by Diabetes UK. Body Mass Index can also be checked online by visiting www.nhs.uk/Tools/Pages/Healthyweightcalculator.aspx

For more information or to book a place on the diabetes prevention programme call the Mid Sussex Wellbeing Team on 01444 477191 or email wellbeing@midsussex.gov.uk.