The Mid Sussex Wellbeing team has launched a new support programme to help local residents who are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
The number of people being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes is increasing nationally. It is estimated that 3.2m people in England have the condition, which equates to one in 17 people, putting them at increased risk of developing devastating complications such as blindness, heart attacks, stroke and amputation.
In Mid Sussex alone, 6,000 people have been diagnosed with diabetes and it is estimated that a further 1,000 are currently undiagnosed.
The Mid Sussex Wellbeing team has launched the free diabetes prevention looking at small and manageable steps that individuals can take to avoid developing the condition, such as changes to diet, activity levels and other lifestyle factors.
The free half-day courses will be running at GP surgeries in Burgess Hill, East Grinstead and Haywards Heath on the following dates: Haywards Heath, Wednesday September 2; East Grinstead, Tuesday October 6; Burgess Hill, Tuesday November 3; Haywards Heath, Wednesday December 2. They continue into next year.
Residents with a family history of type 2 diabetes, a body mass index (BMI) over 25 and adults from ethnic minority backgrounds face a greater risk and are being encouraged to sign-up for the prevention programme.
For more information or to book a place on the programme call the team on 01444 477191 or email firstname.lastname@example.org