Hugh’s Healthier You experience featured in NHS press release
The Diabetes Prevention Programme featured in an NHS article detailing how its success has led to a significant reduction of people getting Type 2 Diabetes. The programme resulted in a 7% reduction in the number of new diagnoses of Type 2 diabetes in England between 2018 and 2019, with around 18,000 people saved from the consequences of the condition.
Hugh tells us how his life was positively impacted by the Healthier You Diabetes Prevention Programme:
Q1. What did you find useful about the group sessions? What stood out for you in your sessions?
Camaraderie and having the same goals. Shared experiences with other group members. The sessions were understandable and help me to make progress.
Q2. What changes did you make to your lifestyle, e.g. exercise routine, dietary, habits…?
Cut out sugars, salts, lots more walking. I have a wife who is T2DM and the rest of my family (not Diabetic) have been impacted by the changes I have made. I now have a BP 116/76 and a pulse of 59, before my BP was 140!!!
Q3. Have you accessed any local services (i.e. leisure centres, exercise on referral) due to this programme?
Not at the moment.
Q4. What was your favourite part of the programme, why?
I liked the parts focused on nutrition and changing my everyday diet.
Q5. What challenges did you face with the programme, and how did you overcome them?
Reducing portion sizes was difficult and trying to increase my levels of activity esp. exercise.
Q6. What changes have you seen in any measurements that have been taken? E.g. HBa1c, waist measurement, weight, clothes size etc…
I have seen my waist reduce a lot (see my favourite picture!), 6in reduction.
Q7. Would you, or have you, recommended the programme to others? Why?
I would recommend the programme, it is a lifestyle change, sleeping better, more time with the family and I shared my experiences with others. I am much calmer and I deal with situations much better.
Q8. What would you say to those who are thinking about joining the programme?
I would say that they should start as soon as possible, to see all the health benefits.
Q9. Are there any other comments you wish to make about your experience?
It is suitable for people from a diverse set of backgrounds.
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Xyla Health & Wellbeing, part of Acacium Group is dedicated to making the UK healthier. We’re excited to have teamed up with Healthier You to offer diabetes prevention service that we’ve designed specifically for them.