NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme
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- Case Study - Arvid Jayal
- May 2017
Arvid Jayal, 64 from Salhouse says he feels ‘fantastic’ since joining the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme. Following a routine blood test, Arvid’s GP recommended he join the programme as he was borderline Type 2 diabetic.
As a music and documentary producer Arvid led a sedentary lifestyle. Following 12 weeks on the programme Arvid has lost a whopping two stone and 8” from around his waist and has revolutionised his daily routine.
“The thing that impressed me.” Arvid explains; “is that it was based on scientific evidence, the leader could explain to me what I needed to do and why it would work, what the evidence behind it was all about.”
Since beginning the programme Arvid takes his dog out for daily 3 ½ mile walks and undertakes High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT training) for 7 – 10 minutes every day as well as following his diet guidelines of fewer complex sugars and carbohydrates and increased protein.
“Once it is explained you are more mindful of what you are fuelling your body with, it educates you to make the right choices. Since I have lost the weight I have so much energy and this in itself makes me feel so much better.”
Arvid will continue the programme for another six months, learning about mindfulness techniques, the benefit of physical activity and will be encouraged to set goals throughout.
“The leaders were enormously supportive in helping me adapt the changes to my everyday life, if it is involved in your everyday habits then it all becomes second nature – it’s not a diet but a lifestyle choice, I choose life.”
To find out more about the Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention programme, visit https://www.england.nhs.uk/ourwork/qual-clin-lead/diabetes-prevention/
- Case Study - Helen Hams
- May 2017
60 year old Helen Hams from North Norfolk had experienced a number of health issues before beginning the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme. Following two collapses in the summer, and various tests for possible thyroid issues, a blood test revealed a high blood sugar level putting Helen at risk of Type 2 Diabetes and the programme was suggested.
“As a vegetarian I always felt my diet was pretty healthy but by week three I had a ‘Eureka’ moment and I was able to see what I had been doing wrong for so long!” Helen explains.
Helen owns a number of holiday homes and her day is full cleaning and running around for holiday clients.
“My day to day job is full on.” Helen explains; “So I could never explain why I appeared to be gaining weight rather than losing it.”
Helen is a part of Suzanne Wilkins, ICS Health and Wellbeing Coach’s, Hoveton and Wroxham group and has just completed the first six weeks of the nine month programme losing an incredible stone and has lost a dress size.
“Suzanne has been amazing, through her help it has got me and the rest of the group thinking, it has educated and motivated us. I thought I was being really healthy previously eating handfuls of grapes but I’ve learnt that some of the grapes have more sugar than a square of chocolate!”
“I have been on a number of diets over the years but this isn’t a diet, this is a way of living which is scientifically proven and makes sense. I can honestly see this is a way of life.”
Helen has even been educating others including encouraging her local Women’s Institute to have a selection of low and sugar free options alongside the usual cakes at their regular afternoon tea.
“I have been raving about it to anyone who will listen and all my friends have been taking on board my changes and seeing a difference in themselves and in me.”
“I see this as a great programme helping me to make a difference to my health and prevent me developing Type 2 Diabetes. It is a win, win, win for all involved!”
To find out more about the Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention programme, visit https://www.england.nhs.uk/ourwork/qual-clin-lead/diabetes-prevention