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Diabetes is a serious and lifelong condition that affects the body's response to sugar, or glucose. You can live a healthy and full life with diabetes, but you'll need to pay attention to your diet and lifestyle. Changing your behaviour is important to prevent the onset of Type 2 Diabetes; you can reduce your risk by becoming more active and living a healthy lifestyle.

The NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme is being set up to help people in England who are at high risk of getting Type 2 diabetes to become healthier and therefore avoid developing the condition. National sources of advice and support include Diabetes UK, NHS Choices, and the National Diabetes Prevention Programme.

Local information and support

Consult your local GP or pharmacy who can offer and provide a range of diabetes screening and onward referral services.

New Life New You – BME is a community-based project that helps reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes in the Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) population in Middlesbrough. An 8 week physical activity and dietary advice programme helps not only reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes for participants, but encourages a healthier and physically active lifestyle within the Middlesbrough BME community.