Thousands of Sandwell and West Birmingham residents urged to take action to prevent diabetes

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Thousands of people in Sandwell and West Birmingham are being urged to reduce their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by making some simple changes to their lifestyle. The plea by NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) comes ahead of Diabetes Prevention Week, which runs from 1 -7 April 2019.

Figures from Public Health England estimate that around 47,000 people across NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG area have blood sugar levels that put them at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Yet simple lifestyle changes around diet, activity levels and weight management can often prevent or delay the condition.
In 2017/18 there were 40,399 people, aged 17 years or older, who had been diagnosed with diabetes and included on GP registers in NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG. This equals 9.1% of the population.

People in the Black Country can now find out their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes with the help of a new fun quiz available at https://www.timeloop.in/diabetes_quiz/ . The quiz asks people such questions as what their lunch choice might be, ranging from salad to a cheeky take-away. The aim is to better understand the needs of patients in the Black Country around diabetes, and then target services to meet those needs. The quiz is designed to be engaging and signposts people in to advice on Diabetes UK and the Know Your Risk Tool developed by Diabetes UK.

Dr Nick Harding, Chair of NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG, said: “Type 2 diabetes is a very serious health condition but the good news is that there are plenty of steps that we can take to reduce the risk, such as eating a healthy, balanced diet, maintaining a healthy weight and exercising regularly. Taking part in our innovative new quiz is an ideal way for people to find out more about their own risk of developing the condition.

“We continue to be delighted with the impact of the Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme, which is a really important piece of work to help patients reduce their chance of becoming diabetic.

“Our ground-breaking Primary Care Commissioning Framework (PCCF) scheme, which was launched in in partnership with local GP practices to improve quality for patients, has also seen an increased number of patients diagnosed with diabetes who have received enhanced care.”

Anyone who thinks they may be at risk should contact their local GP practice and ask about their local Healthier You service. The Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NHS DPP) identifies those at high risk and refers them onto a behaviour change programme.

For further information on the NHS DPP visit www.england.nhs.uk/ndpp