Nearly 2,000 Gloucestershire people are being given a new lease of life thanks to a free diabetes prevention programme.

The scheme targets individuals who have been identified by their GP surgery as having high blood sugar levels, which puts them at significant risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

Sessions cover nutrition, exercise and suggested behavioural changes to maintain a healthy weight and become more physically active. Just a few simple lifestyle changes can prevent or delay the onset of the disease.

So far, the programme has been introduced in Gloucester, Cheltenham and the Forest of Dean and plans are in place to extend it across the county later this year. If you receive a letter from your GP surgery, please take action – it could make a big difference to your health.