Harjeet's story to beating Type 2 diabetes

Type 2 Diabetes can be easy to ignore, especially in the early stages when you are feeling fine. But diabetes affects many major organs, including the heart, blood vessels, nerves, eyes and kidneys. Controlling your blood sugar levels can help prevent these complications.

Healthy lifestyle choices can help prevent Type 2 Diabetes, and that’s true even if you have diabetes in your family. If you have received a diagnosis of pre-diabetes, you can use healthy lifestyle choices to help prevent or delay a diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes and its complications.

Mrs. Harjeet Semby is a 65-year-old resident of Iver, Buckinghamshire. After a routine check-up, Harjeet received a text message from her GP surgery that informed her that her blood glucose levels were higher than normal, falling into a pre-diabetic range. Not long after, she joined the NHS Healthier You: Diabetes Prevention Programme (NDPP).

Since beginning the programme, Harjeet now walks at least 30-minutes a day and has found using a simple pedometer has helped to keep her motivated. She has also returned to her swimming sessions she had previously stopped attending and finds the chair-based exercises she learnt when on the programme very enjoyable.

She is making healthier food choices and only buys snacks when her family visit (and she makes sure the snacks go home with them and don’t linger in the house). Following the programme, Harjeet lost 1 dress size, simply by making small changes to her lifestyle.

“Now I am more mindful of what I eat, because it was explained to me what I have to do and most importantly why. I now understand this must be a lifestyle.”

I have the knowledge, and this will be with me forever. Now, I always think before I eat. I feel confident and motivated to carry on with the changes I’ve made. The NDPP helped me to focus on what I wanted to achieve, and I found the support of the coach and the group has helped me to keep on track.”

“I definitely would recommend this programme to anyone who would need it.”

Find out more about the Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme here.