Thanks to a national NHS diabetes prevention programme, over 3,500 Gloucestershire people have been warned about their very real risk of getting type 2 diabetes and given an invaluable opportunity to prevent the disease.

GP surgeries across the county are testing patients with concerning symptoms, and if their blood sugar levels are too high, referring them to the NHS-funded Healthier You Diabetes Prevention Programme (NDPP).

People who are worried can also check their own diabetes risk level at and refer themselves to the programme if a blood test done by their GP surgery confirms their risk level is high.

Dr Shabari Hosur, local GP and Clinical Lead for the NDPP at NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said:

“Type 2 diabetes is a very serious condition which can have a major impact on people and their families as well as leading to complications such as heart disease, kidney failure and stroke.

Having high blood sugar levels indicates a high risk of type 2 diabetes, but fortunately, for most people this disease can often be prevented by eating healthier, losing weight and being more physically active.

I really encourage people at risk to join the prevention programme which will support them step-by-step to change certain lifestyle habits which will improve their future.”

The programme was introduced around three years ago, and is going from strength-to-strength with new provider ICS Health and Wellbeing, one of five organisations responsible for delivering the programme across the country.

The programme comprises group sessions which focus on eating well, moving more and taking charge to help people achieve and maintain a healthy weight and gradually become more physically active. This content is covered over 13 group sessions, equating to 25 hours of face-to-face support. Initially, eligible people  have an over-the-phone assessment with a trained health and wellbeing coach before joining group sessions.

Samantha Griggs from ICS Health and Wellbeing said:

“People most at risk tend to be overweight, especially around their abdomen, or have a family history of the condition. Being over 40 years old or of South Asian, African-Caribbean or black African descent, can also make people more susceptible.

If you are worried or have been told you are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, ask your GP, nurse or NHS Health Check professional to refer you to your local Healthier You programme.

You can also refer yourself on our website or by contacting us at To do this, you will need to provide your Hba1c blood test result, the date of your test and your NHS number. Your GP surgery can provide you with this information.

This programme will help you take control of your health and support you to make changes. Taking action now is very important as it can stop you developing Type 2 diabetes.  The NDPP service can also support people who are unable to attend group sessions through our digital scheme. Please get in contact with at to find out more.”

People who recently completed the programme with ICS Health and Wellbeing have said:“It gave me the means to change the way I live, to ensure a healthier me.”

“I have more energy, feel better and have reduced my waistline and weight.”

“I’ve lost a significant amount of weight, which has had a great impact on my happiness and health.”

Group sessions are taking place across the county in a range of community settings. To find out more, contact: