Roadshows are taking place across Derby and Derbyshire this week to raise awareness about the risk of developing diabetes and help people protect themselves.

Diabetes Prevention Week aims to help people avoid developing the condition and increase referrals to the National Diabetes Prevention Programme for patients diagnosed as ‘pre-diabetic’.

NHS Derby and Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group, working together with Derby City Council, has organised roadshows for people to talk to experts and get their blood pressure checked.

Roadshows are underway with events planned for:

  • Friday 5th April – 9.00am – 12.30pm

Derby City Council House reception, Corporation Street, DE1 2FS (Livewell Team & NHS)

  • Saturday 6th April – 10.00am – 5.00pm

Derby City Centre, St Peter’s Cross, St Peter’s Street, Derby, DE1 1SH

  • Sunday 7th April – 11.00am-5.00pm

Pak Foods Store, 309-315 Normanton Rd, Derby DE23 6UU

Visitors will be able to:

  • find out their risk – using the Diabetes UK ‘Know Your Risk Toolto find out your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes in just three minutes.
  • get a FREE NHS health check – so people aged 40 to 74 years can check their risk of Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and other conditions.
  • ask their GP/Practice Nurse to check if they’re at risk – and get referred to their local Healthier You prevention programme.

The prevention programme, designed to stop or delay the onset of diabetes through a range of personalised lifestyle interventions, has received more than 5,700 referrals from across Derbyshire between July 2016 and January this year.

The NHS Long Term Plan announced that the programme which sees people at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes given help to lose weight, will double in size over the next few years to treat around 200,000 people a year.

From July this year, online versions of the programme, which involve wearable technologies and apps to help those at risk of Type 2 Diabetes, will be provided for patients who find it difficult to attend sessions because of work or family commitments.

Rob Smithers, Livewell Treatment Manager at Derby City Council said:

“Livewell’s free healthy lifestyle service can help people in Derby to lose weight, stop smoking and get fitter to prevent their risk of developing type 2 diabetes or even to reverse an existing condition.

“These events will hopefully raise awareness of our free NHS Health Checks which involves a few simple tests such as cholesterol, blood pressure, BMI and heart age to help people stay healthier for longer.”

Dr Buk Dhadda, a GP lead for diabetes prevention and treatment in Derbyshire, added:

“Around nine out of 10 people with diabetes have Type 2 which is closely linked to obesity and there is strong evidence that in many it is preventable.

“A lack of exercise, poor diet and being overweight are all risk factors for developing the disease.

“The programme is designed to stop or delay onset through a range of personalised lifestyle interventions.

“These include education on lifestyle choices, advice on how to reduce weight through healthier eating, and bespoke physical activity programmes.”

 Recent projections show that the growing number of people with diabetes could result in nearly 39,000 people living with diabetes suffering a heart attack in 2035 and over 50,000 people suffering a stroke.

Professor Jonathan Valabhji, National Clinical Director of Diabetes and Obesity said:

“Around two thirds of adults and one third of children are now overweight or obese, driving higher and higher rates of Type 2 diabetes that we are now focusing huge efforts to address, as outlined in the NHS Long Term Plan.

 

“I’m delighted that our work so far in this area has been producing really positive results. This weight loss and glucose reduction is promising – we hope to help many more of those who are at risk of Type 2 diabetes to not get it in the first place.”