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Free programme to help people over 50 lose weight & stay healthy - find out if you’re eligible

Over 50? Overweight? Have high blood pressure? You’re at an increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, a chronic condition that affects more than 90% of the 3.9 million people living with a diabetes diagnosis in the UK. Staggering data from the NHS suggests that the diabetes crisis in the UK is on track to get exponentially worse, with 1 in 10 people predicted to develop Type 2 diabetes by 2035.

In a bid to slow down the steep trends, the NHS is funding a free programme for at-risk individuals that provides resources and support to help them reduce their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

Click here to know your risk and see if you're eligible.

Named ‘Healthier You’, the programme guides participants through making positive lifestyle changes to their diet, weight and amount of physical activity they do by developing personalised action plans. To help you keep focused and motivated, you’ll have access to trained health coaches, and you’ll be able to meet other people in your area who are also trying to reduce their risk of Type 2 diabetes. Although the programme is normally delivered in groups at different times and locations, right now it’s offered over telephone or group video conference, or online through apps and websites.

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The programme is based on research which shows that improved diet and increased physical activity can dramatically decrease a person’s risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. In fact, more than half of all cases of Type 2 diabetes could be prevented or delayed if early intervention is made. However, left undiagnosed or untreated, diabetes will get progressively worse, resulting in serious health complications that are often fatal.

Every week, diabetes leads to more than 169 amputations, 680 strokes, 530 heart attacks and almost 2,000 cases of heart failure. Furthermore, the risk of COVID-19 related in-hospital death is doubled by Type 2 diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes develops when the body doesn’t respond normally to its own insulin and/or does not produce enough insulin. Although there is a genetic component, the risk of developing the condition is strongly linked to a number of factors that can be altered including high blood pressure, obesity, not enough physical activity and poor diet.

The older you are, the higher your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, and those from African-Caribbean, Black African or South Asian ethnic backgrounds are 2 to 4 more times likely to develop the condition. If you have a close family member who has diabetes, your risk factor is also significantly increased.

Are you at risk? Take this online assessment to find out.

The quickest way to find out if you are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes is by taking this short online assessment which will identify your risk based on factors such as your age, ethnic background, weight, height and waist measurement.

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