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Eastern Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group is now offering people at high risk of Type 2 diabetes a place on the new Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NHS DPP).
Commissioned by NHS England, in partnership with Public Health England (PHE) and Diabetes UK, the programme aims to reduce the incidence of Type 2 diabetes. In Eastern Cheshire, it will be delivered by ICS Health and Wellbeing.
In East Cheshire, there are an estimated 9,213 people, or one in five, with type 2 diabetes.
Those referred on to the programme will get tailored, personalised help to reduce their risk of Type 2 diabetes, including education on healthy eating and lifestyle, help to lose weight and bespoke physical exercise programmes, all of which together have been proven to reduce the risk of developing the disease.
People can be referred to the programme from a number of sources – including a GP/ practice nurse appointment or NHS Health Check.
Dr Tom Steele, CCG clinical lead for diabetes and GP with Kenmore Medical Centre, Wilmslow said: “We’re proud to be involved in rolling out the first wave of this important public health programme in Cheshire and Wirral. We look forward to working with ICS Health and Wellbeing to offer a tailored behavioural change programme to benefit local people.”