Prevention – Pre-diabetes

Prediabetes (also known as non-diabetic hyperglycaemia)

This means that your blood sugars are higher than usual, but not high enough for you to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. It also means that you are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, however it is not inevitable.

Why weight matters: pre-diabetes

•When you have pre-diabetes, there are huge benefits to losing weight if you’re carrying extra weight.

•Extra weight around your waist means fat can build up around your organs, like your liver and pancreas. This can cause insulin resistance. So losing this weight could help insulin work properly.

•If you have excess weight, the more weight you lose, the greater the health benefits, but even losing just 5% of extra weight will improve your health.

•You’ll have more energy and you’ll reduce your risk of serious complications like heart disease and stroke. Losing weight can help with your diabetes control too.

Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme 

•If you have pre diabetes (also known as non-diabetic hyperglycaemia), or have previously had gestational diabetes (diabetes in pregnancy), you may be eligible for the free Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme this is a free behaviour change programme that helps those at risk of developing type 2 diabetes significantly reduce their chances of getting the disease. The programme helps people make behaviour changes including maintaining a healthy weight and being more active in a friendly and supportive group environment, facilitated by a specialist Health & Wellbeing Coach. Attending the programme has been shown to help prevent type 2 diabetes. 

•The Programme is provided by Xyla on behalf of the NHS in Norfolk and Waveney.

•You can choose to either attend local face to face sessions or access the programme digitally via an app on your smartphone, tablet or computer.

•How can I be referred? Your GP Practice can confirm (with a blood test) if you are at risk and refer you onto the programme.

What else do I need to do if I have prediabetes?

•People with pre-diabetes are also recommended to have a blood test every year to monitor their blood sugar levels.

•It’s very important for diabetes to be diagnosed as early as possible because it’s likely to get worse if left untreated and can cause long-term health problems.