It might be hard to change, but it is possible!


Find out what some of the participants on the Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme

delivered by Living Well Taking Control thought about it and how they did.

BBC Radio Somerset Interview, 4th April 2019 with participants on the

Healthier You: Diabetes Prevention Programme

“I feel I’ve been pulled back from the brink. Living Well Taking Control is the way forward,”

- says Francis, a 69-year-old retiree from Plymouth who was at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.



At the end of the 1-year programme, Francis is no longer pre-diabetic; she eats a healthy diet, has lost weight, exercises regularly & feels better.

Her numbers:

  • HbA1c levels fell from 45 to 40 mmol (outside the pre-diabetic criteria of 42-47 mmol)

  • Weight dropped from 94.2 kg to 81.8 kg (a 13 per cent loss in body weight)

  • Waist measurement reduced by 8cm 


Francis’s GP referred her to the programme where Wellbeing Facilitator Harrison supported her to change her lifestyle

by establishing new, healthier patterns of behaviour.


“One of the most important things I’ve learnt is that it isn’t all about diet, it is a lifestyle change that needs to be maintained.”


Francis has become more aware of what she is eating and welcomed LWTC’s support and regular monitoring: 

“Even though it comes down to you and your health, it gives you a real drive to try and be as successful as possible

when someone is looking out for you – it’s really encouraging.

I’ve given up snacking; I’ve bought a treadmill which I use daily and my goal is to hit 10,000 steps a day.

I’m a lot more mindful of what I eat and I experiment a lot more with my food

as I change my meals up by trying new things when I can.”

"I was shocked to discover I am pre-diabetic because I am so young."

- says Gulshan, who was at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.


At less than 40 years old Gulshan did not expect that she could be at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. However, after an ambulance call out to her house, paramedics identified that her blood sugar was very high, and was not coming down, despite her not having eaten for several hours. This resulted in her GP referring her to the Living Well Taking Control programme.

Gulshan was shocked to discover she was in the pre-diabetic range. She was aware her BMI was very high but did not understand how she could be pre-diabetic as she was so young.


She said:

“I wasn’t with it when I received the diagnosis but knew I had to do something about it”. 


Gulshan described feeling weak, dizzy and down prior to her diagnosis but she never suspected that high blood sugar could be the cause.

Her diagnosis was a wake-up call. With the support of LWTC Facilitator Georgeona, Gulshan attended a group programme for six weeks.


The motivational sessions support people to:

  • Reduce their blood sugar levels and prevent Type 2 diabetes; by

  • Providing healthy lifestyle information, including diet, weight management and physical activity.

  • The idea is that participants make small but significant behavioural changes that will have a positive impact on their health. 


Gulshan said,

“I now understand more about diabetes and its complications and have learnt useful tips about portion sizes, diet and exercise,

which I’m using to make healthier lifestyle choices”.


Gulshan has already made considerable changes to her diet and lifestyle, she now takes regular walks and is looking to join a gym.

Gulshan has reduced her blood sugar level from 43mmol/L to 42mmol/L, which means she is almost back to a normal level.

She will receive ongoing support through the programme over the next 12 months, to check on her progress and

help her to maintain her motivation.