Residents in the UK can take their health into their own hands and use an online tool, hosted by Diabetes UK, to calculate their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. The Diabetes UK ‘know your risk’ tool, scores people on their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. If your risk is moderate or high, you can refer yourself to a local scheme that is part of the Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme and get easy access to free health and lifestyle coaching.
In Dorset, Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin, this service is provided by personalised digital health coaching provider, Liva Healthcare, and in-person educational support from non-profit health provider, Living Well, Taking Control.
Everyone participating in the programme will have a choice between app based, 1-2-1 personal coaching support and in-person support groups. Access to the programme is completely free for users and available without having to go through a healthcare professional.
William Bachop, pre-diabetic and Liva user says: “My lifestyle has changed dramatically since I joined the Liva Healthcare programme. I’ve reduced my blood sugar from 43-38 and had a weight loss of 9.5kg. I’m eating a lot less sugar and a lot more fruits and vegetables. My wife is also participating in my new diet. The best thing about having my own personal health coach is that I have someone who understands my specific needs.”
Kristoffer From, CEO at Liva Healthcare, says: “Our programme will help more people access free digital health coaching in all areas of Dorset, Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin. Diabetes is a significant health concern for the region, but people will now have the support they need to take control of their health.
“The NHS is leading the charge in the global fight against diabetes and obesity. This programme is the largest of its kind and, by incorporating digital and face-to-face interventions, people can be given all they need to lead a healthier lifestyle.”
Russell Muirhead, clinical director at Living Well Taking Control says: “We’re pleased to bring our proven, structured support to people at risk of Type 2 diabetes in Dorset, Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin.
“For too long people haven’t been given the right tools to change their lifestyle and prevent the condition. Through this combined service, we hope to treat over 700 people across the region who are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.”
If you think you are at risk and want to join the programme, complete the know your risk tool here.