Hansa’s story – The NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme

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my name is Hana Sharma and I cover Crawley and I've been on the program for about seven months now I've learned so much about a food and nutrition since attending the program the biggest thing I learned was how much sugar there is in the carbohydrates we've learnt a lot of that fats and what the good fats and the bad fats so I'm very aware when I'm cooking I'm using the right ingredients the biggest change is cutting out on sugar I used to stuff myself silly with cakes of chocolates and biscuits and I listen everyone for exercise but I've joined the well-being that losses locally so I go to circuit training and kettlebells and I'm thinking of doing a dance class as well I mean only midway through the program but I already feel great in the sense that I have lost weight and I'm wearing clothes that I haven't been able to fit into for a long long time and I feel I have more energy being in a group setting really helps because you feel you're not alone in the situation and they motivate you as well because when they've lost some weight or they start feeling better it makes you feel motivated and inspired to carry on it's a brilliant program and I think doctors should be aware of how beneficial they are to patients and I think they should definitely be recommending the program to patients who are at risk of diabetes my name is Andrew child I've been a diabetes specialist nurse for 28 years the or higher at risk if you're overweight if you're South Asian or African Caribbean age is also against you if you're a high-risk you can actually work at your lifestyle and really make a difference and that can put you back into a normal blood glucose range what we now have is a diabetes prevention program that we can offer to people at high risk of diabetes in all my years of working in the field of diabetes I wish we could have had this years ago if you actually provide education but that it's ongoing for a certain length of time and that enables people to be encouraged to achieve their individual lifestyle goals they are more likely to achieve those goals rather than a quick-fix education program so actually the government have invested in in an evidence-based program and we should be really marketing it to our patients

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