People’s Stories

Luis from London, first heard about Healthier You when his GP recommended it after a blood test showed his blood sugar levels were high.

Luis says:

Because of my medical history, I wasn’t that surprised when I learned that I might be at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. I’ve had cancer before, and my dad has Type 1 diabetes. So, because of this, you almost expect certain other things to come along in the future. I’ve just turned 40 and I have two boys aged nine and 11, so I have to take care of myself. I want to be fit and healthy to look after them, and be around for a long time hopefully.

When we go to the course, we discuss things that motivate you. The changes we’re making are really sustainable.

It’s not about dieting and eating less, it’s about healthy alternatives and small lifestyle changes – lowering your salt, lowering your sugar… I really feel better! I really look forward to the programme – it’s local, the coach is very friendly and helpful, and the materials we are given are very easy to use and understand.

But my favourite thing is seeing what my weight is – I’ve lost seven kilos so far, which I’m really happy about.

Healthier You has definitely helped me to change my lifestyle on a long-term basis. It’s been a real eye-opener.

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of participants said they’ll be able to use the skills we have taught them to reduce their chances of developing Type 2 diabetes.

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of participants said Healthier You has helped them improve their diet and heating habits

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 of participants said their Healthier You coach was supportive and knowledgeable and will send that over as soon as possible.

Dorothy was told about the Healthier You programme by her GP practice, when a blood test showed that she was at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

Dorothy says:

It was a surprise. You don’t think about these sorts of things, so it was quite a shock really.Since I’ve started, I make sure I go out a lot because I’m wearing my pedometer, and that makes me go a little bit more.

I’ve lost about one stone and ten pounds, and I’m feeling fine.

It’s nice to go and meet other people and know that they feel the same as you. You meet big people and small people; lots of people think that diabetes only affects big people, but that’s not the case. You look at people and think ‘you shouldn’t have it’ – so it just goes to show.

I’m looking forward to going to the next session and seeing if my blood sugar has gone down.

I know for sure I will continue this lifestyle after the programme; it’s being frightened of what could happen that makes me carry on.

There are currently 3.4 million people with the disease in England. 200,000 new diagnoses are made every year.

Type 2 diabetes is largely preventable thorough lifestyle changes.