Robert Perrement of Xyla Health & Wellbeing tells us about the NHS Diabetes Prevention programme (NDPP) which has recently been awarded an extension for self referral through the NHS, and his top tips for anyone managing the condition and seeking additional help.
As part of the NHS’s long term renewed focus on prevention, the Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NDPP) is a free programme designed to reduce the risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes for those identified as a high risk.
Type 2 diabetes is a common condition that causes the level of glucose (AKA sugar) in the blood to become too high which can lead to numerous complications such as heart disease, stroke, vision loss, kidney failure, nerve damage and amputations. There are many symptoms that may indicate an increased risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes, these include excessive thirst, frequent urination, drowsiness and tiredness, weakness, blurred vision and cuts that don’t heal.
If yourself or someone you work to support notice any of these symptoms, please visit your GP for advice as this may be a sign that you’re at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and you may be eligible for the free NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme. If you have had a blood test in the last 24 months which indicates prediabetes, or if you have a history of gestational diabetes, you can self-refer on the NHS website using your NHS number, your blood test result and the date of your blood test: https://preventing-diabetes.co.uk/referral/
Alternatively, the NHS have also allowed a self-referral route for those who want to take a proactive approach to addressing their health. This route is via the ‘Know Your Risk’ tool, an online questionnaire consisting of eight questions all about your health. Once you have completed the questionnaire, your calculated score indicates your risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes in the future. If you score a score of 16 or above, this indicates you are at an increased risk, and therefore are able to self-refer onto the free programme. You can access the ‘Know Your Risk’ questionnaire here.
The NDPP is designed to empower people at an increased risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes to reduce their risk. It is a behaviour change programme where people learn about:
- What is a healthy diet
- Ways to add physical activity into everyday life
- How to overcome barriers that may get in the way of making healthy changes
- How to manage stress and improve sleep
To be eligible for the programme, all you need to be is aged 18 years or over, registered with a GP, not currently pregnant and have one of the following;
- A blood test from a healthcare professional within the last 24 months which indicates prediabetes
- A previous diagnosis of Gestational Diabetes
- A ‘Know Your Risk’ score of 16 or more
The programme is currently being delivered remotely via multiple delivery methods to ensure the programme is accessible to all. The NDPP has been shown to significantly reduce a patients blood glucose levels along with eliciting a weight loss for a patient and reducing the pressure on primary care.