Gloucestershire focuses on the fight against diabetes

More than 40,000 people in Gloucestershire are benefitting from a drive to support residents either with, or at risk of developing, diabetes.

A diagnosis of diabetes can be life-changing and One Gloucestershire partners are working hard to help people reduce their risk of developing the condition and ensure that those with a diagnosis are given the right help and support.

A 12-week KiActiv exercise programme to help people increase their activity levels uses online technology, with patients wearing a device similar to a FitBit. Last year, the 150 people who took part in a trial, lost on average 3kg, reduced their blood glucose levels and improved their mental wellbeing.

We are also testing a new online programme for people with type 2 diabetes, Healthy Living. The programme provides structured education and information about type 2 diabetes and its treatments as well as emotional support and advice on diet and exercise.

More than 3,500 people at risk of type 2 diabetes have benefited from taking part in Healthier You, the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme. This 12-month course is made up of group sessions covering healthy eating, lifestyle, losing weight and physical exercise. So far, participants have shown an average weight loss of 4.7kg after six months. This programme is set to continue until 2022 and will be offered to more than 8,000 more people.

With 10% of NHS money nationally already spent on diabetes and its complications, our work in this area is essential.