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Type 2

Type 2 diabetes is where the body does not produce enough insulin or the body’s cells do not react to insulin. Type 2 diabetes is much more common than Type 1 diabetes. In the UK, around 90% of all adults with diabetes have Type 2.

Take a look at the links further down this page for more information on diabetes.

If you need specialist information and advice on all aspects of living with diabetes, you can call the Diabetes UK Helpline on 0345 123 2399, Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm or email helpline@diabetes.org.uk.

NHS Low Calorie Diet programme 

A new one-year programme to support a healthier lifestyle, weight loss and remission of Type 2 diabetes is currently available. The programme is for people who have Type 2 diabetes and live within Frimley Health and Care ICS (East Berkshire, North East Hampshire & Farnham and Surrey Heath).

The unique one-year programme combines specialist nutrition, behaviour change strategies and physical activity. It involves 12 weeks of low calorie diet (shakes and soups) followed by 4 weeks of gradual food reintroduction and 8 months of weight maintenance, achieved through healthy eating, movement and behavioural change support. To find out how some of our residents have found the programme visit our website.

You can only be referred to the programme by your GP and will need to meet a range of criteria to qualify. For more information click here.

If you live in East Berkshire and have Type 2 diabetes, you may be eligible for a food-based low energy/carbohydrate diet and specialist groups. Contact your local dietetic team for further information.

Diabetes Education

Diabetes education gives you the skills and confidence you need to take control of your diabetes and helps to prevent complications. There is a range of education available to Frimley Health and Care ICS residents.

All Frimley Health and Care ICS residents have access to:

NHS Healthy Living - a free online NHS service for people living with Type 2 diabetes, providing knowledge and information that will support you to manage your condition. To register for the programme visit www.healthyliving.nhs.uk.

BEATdiabetes - an interactive digital service supporting you to manage your diabetes, including a 3 month lifestyle change programme to build healthy habits and online modules to enable you to take control and feel more confident about managing your diabetes. Register for free at www.beatdiabetes.org.uk.

East Berkshire residents

If you live in East Berkshire and have been newly diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, you will be eligible for DEAL diabetes group education, which will help you learn more about your condition and provide you with an opportunity to meet other people who are newly diagnosed. The course runs over 2 session, each lasting up to 3 hours. The course is delivered in either English or Punjabi and is run in face to face or virtually.

If you live in East Berkshire and have had Type 2 diabetes for more than one year, you will be eligible for DEAL PLUS diabetes group education, which will help you learn more about your condition and how to manage it. The course runs over 2 session, each lasting up to 3 hours. The course is delivered in either English or Punjabi and is run in face to face or virtually.

North East Hampshire & Farnham residents

If you live in North East Hampshire & Farnham and have recently been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes you will be eligible for DESMOND group structured education. The course takes one day (or two days if translated) and is delivered in English or Nepalese. If you would prefer to do an online course, you can access myDESMOND.

Surrey Heath residents

If you have recently been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes you will have the opportunity to learn more about how to self-manage the condition through the X-PERT diabetes group education programme. The course is delivered over 6 weeks, with each session lasting 2.5 hours. X-PERT can also be delivered virtually.

If you prefer a digital option, Surrey Heath residents who are newly diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes will also have access to Oviva digital education, providing personalised coaching to help you learn more about Type 2 diabetes, feel healthier and reduce your risk of developing diabetes-related health conditions.

NHS Digital Weight Management Programme

The NHS Digital Weight Management Programme supports adults living with obesity who also have a diagnosis of diabetes or hypertension or both, to manage their weight and improve their health.

The NHS Digital Weight Management Programme is a 12-week online behavioural and lifestyle programme. People can access it via a smartphone or computer with internet access.

To sign up to the programme, you will need to speak to your local GP or a local Pharmacist who can refer you.

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