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Healthier You Program, what does it entail ??

Discussion in 'Prediabetes' started by PreDiet, Oct 11, 2018.

  1. PreDiet

    PreDiet Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    My local health Authority has invited me to go on the 'Healthier You ' Program , which is run nationally to help prevent Diabetes by encouraging people to live healthier lifestyles ( Prevent Type 2 , I presume as I believe type 1 isn't so preventable) .
    WHAT AM I LETTING MYSELF IN FOR ?

    It has taken them 2 years to finally get hold of me and get me into an appointment , :-D now I don't like a Dr breathing down my neck every week , so as I initially though yes I'll join , I've been dragging my feet and also went into remission last Christmas (so forgot about Healthier You ) but went back into Pre - Diabetes , in April. So was asked again by my clinician .

    Can ANYONE tell me what the first appointment is like ? What can I expect and how I will be treated ? I am very wary of Dr's and Schemes , don't want to fall into a kind of treadmill/ trap , or anything like that .
     
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    DCUKMod I reversed my Type 2 · Moderator
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    I don't believe "Healthier You" is run in my area. Although things are "national", it doesn't actually mean every single CCG will use that programme. Some have others.

    I appreciate my post isn't helpful to your query, but it bumps it up the posting lists for more views. :)
     
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  3. bulkbiker

    bulkbiker Type 2 · Master

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    Hi @PreDiet
    I did a quick google and found something run by the NHS and Diabetes.org.uk.. if it is that then its all eatwell plate starchy carbs blah blah blah..
    What area do you live in as the county search may help to see if it is something else...
     
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  4. PreDiet

    PreDiet Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    North Herts just 50 mins to go B4 Appt. nervous , jumpy , have had so many health checks in the last 6 months really getting on my nerves. Know they're going to give me a blood prick test , feeling it's going to be bad . :(
     
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  5. bulkbiker

    bulkbiker Type 2 · Master

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    Just saw you are in Herts so came up with this
    https://preventing-diabetes.co.uk/hertfordshire/
    Has an element of "Expert" course which may be low carb but it seems to vary by location..
    This one seems more NHS so might in fact be useful.. please let us know how it goes...
     
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  6. PreDiet

    PreDiet Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    I don't have to go on the how to cook part of the course as I make my own sauces anyway and guess what ?? I aced it!!!
    They do an on the spot HBa1C AND I was sneaking looks at it and it came up with my lowest yet 34mmol !!!!

    VICTORY DANCE!! HBa1C 34 !!!

    Still have to go on the weight loss part of the course as my BMI is high and waistline needs reducing but I'm ecstatic.

    Thankyou for your help everyone!! Nerves over now Feeling HAPPY .

    :hilarious::):hungry::playful::D:pics: :cat: Now for the losing weight :clown:
     
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  7. Resurgam

    Resurgam Type 2 (in remission!) · Expert

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    My waistline has reappeared since eating low carb rather than stodgy, 'healthy' foods.
    It has meant buying all new clothes a couple of times now, but I can't say that was a hardship.
     
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  8. Lincs Owl

    Lincs Owl · Newbie

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    I enrolled on a 7 weeks NHS Diabetes Prevention Group as a health check showed I had a reading of 44 for Hb1ac .
    Just finished course .Don't know if it's the same thing. So what exactly are you frightened of? It was 5 weeks talking about food and showing pictures of chips etc which just made me hungeh, plus 2 weeks of chair based physical exercise. As someone who climbs mountains, swims, plays tennis, badminton and table tennis regularly, it was embarrassingly easy. Then again, we had an 80 year old with a walking stick next to me so it's understandable.
    Can't say I learned anything I couldn't find out on here. Basically avoid spuds bread rice pasta chocs and cakes. Keep fit and avoid stress. You qualify for another Hb1ac reading if you complete the course.
    They're trying to help you, so go on it. It won't hurt you. You get a 1 to 1 interview before the course starts, where they weigh you and give advice. All in a freindly atmosphere .
     
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  9. bulkbiker

    bulkbiker Type 2 · Master

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    Thats great but a number of the "diabetes education" courses seem to be just another excuse to roll out the Eatwell Guide and tell Type 2's to eat starchy carbs at every meal (yes this does still happen). So its a good idea for forum members who go on the courses to report back how it was.
     
  10. Lincs Owl

    Lincs Owl · Newbie

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    They gave me a very large profusely illustrated 162 page glossy book entitled 'X-pert diabetes' Handbook version 13. Interesting but some of the info seems contradictory. We had 3 different tutors on the five weeks of the seven I attended. I was away on holiday for two of the weeks. They didn't pressurise us into anything. They work on behalf of NHS to try and stop pre diabetics becoming full blown type 2s. Sounds a good idea but I left there more confused than when I first started. I just follow my own plan of eat 25% less and do 25% more exercise. Gone from 88kg to 66kg in 6 months. Takes willpower though
     
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  11. NicoleC1971

    NicoleC1971 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    x PERT was set up by Trudi Deakin who is of the low carb church however the course encourages change and setting own goals so the other options (low fat, cal controlled) are discussed. I like the book that goes with the course and the fact that is lasts a number of weeks. The quality of the educators will obviously account for variations in the actual management and delivery of same.
    There is a growing market for companies delivering diabetes prevention courses due to there being funding for them e.g. my local CCG is considering buying from a company that manages prisoners post release with it's main selling point being frequently run courses that only last half a day. That seems to imply a box ticking exercise to maximise attendance and minimise cost.
    On the plus side I think Healthier You has at least been running in Leicester (type 2 diabetes capital of England) so hope that means your CCG has bought the course in good faith by looking at efficacy as well as cost.

    Be interested to hear how you get on. Am going on my own type 1 diabetes ed thing next Friday but as we are a rarer species those course are done in house rather than out sourced.
     
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  12. PreDiet

    PreDiet Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    Hi Nicole

    I did very well (I wrote a previous post ) , with a HBa1c of 34 , I just took an afternoon reading and it was the lowest yet at 4.8 long time since I got that reading , but the Doctor / health professional there was very pleased , I still have to lose weight and reduce my waistline but they are very happy with my result . ( I haven't been invited back yet and wasn't given the Xpert book at least not yet ). So happy days !! all the Best PreDiet x
     
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  13. SlimLizzy

    SlimLizzy · Active Member

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    Have just started on the Healthier You Preventing Diabetes course. Session one, What is Diabetes? Got the handbook. No need to lose weight here, so for me its all about understanding what to eat and when.
    Was pleased to see they are not suggesting a one size fits all approach. Four different dietry regimes discussed in the handbook, including Low Carb.
    However, my instructer is very firm on "three meals a day - nothing but water in between" but for me this wont work. Think it will be the same for many of the group. Having tried really hard with my carb consumption and got my HbA1C down to 37, dont need to be feeling guilty for having a cup of tea.
    Going to persevere with the course though, hoping it will be useful.
     
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    SlimLizzy · Active Member

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    Session two tomorrow
     
  15. AngiH

    AngiH · Member

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    This is what my GP has referred me to today. Not sure how long it will be before I get an appointment?? It's the National Diabetes Prevention Scheme (Healthier You)...I am thinking I'll learn more here, but it's worth a try..
     
  16. bulkbiker

    bulkbiker Type 2 · Master

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    Highly likely and faster..!
     
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