30,000 people in Bromley at risk of developing type two diabetes
PUBLISHED: 10:39 05 April 2016 | UPDATED: 13:42 05 April 2016
A new prevention programme is being introduced
A plan to help prevent Type 2 Diabetes developing in more people has been set out across south London.
Bromley, along with neighbouring boroughs, will be running the ‘Healthier You’ programme, helping those at high risk of developing type two diabetes.
Under the scheme, GPs will recommend high-risk patients the chance to join the Diabetes Prevention Plan (DPP).
Those who join will visit 13 sessions over a period of at least nine months, helping to get back towards a healthier weight and to find ways to become more active.
Currently Bromley’s residents are at a higher risk of developing type two diabetes than the national average.
Different from type one diabetes, which starts in young children when their body’s immune system destroys cells which produce insulin, type two diabetes can develop at any age, and involves the body not using insulin in the right way.
This new scheme follows a successful pilot which helped 130 people in Bromley.
Karen from Chislehurst was one of those people, she said: “I feel so much better, I’ve got a new wardrobe as well as a new lease of life.
“When you get good support it really helps and not being pre-diabetic anymore is such a great feeling.”
In Bromley nearly 30,000 people are at risk of developing diabetes.
Chairman of the health and wellbeing board at Bromley Council, David Jefferys, said: “A key priority for the council and health partners is to direct our residents to the right support that will make a real difference to them living healthier lives.
“Prevention is fundamental to this work and I am proud Bromley will be in the first wave to benefit from the National Diabetes Prevention Programme.”