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Get on board the Type 2 diabetes education bus

NHS partners in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent are working together to help local people reduce their risk of Type 2 diabetes or to manage their diabetes better. Diabetes costs the NHS £8.8 billion every year to treat, yet can be avoided through healthier lifestyle choices.

Every weekday from 2 to 13 March, a ‘Type 2 diabetes education bus’ will be at a different site across the county from 10am to 4pm. Everyone is welcome to get on board to find out more about:

  • Free DESMOND structured education
  • Diabetes foot care information
  • Local physical activities available
  • Dietary information
  • Diabetes UK support
  • Local peer support groups
  • Diabetes Prevention Programme.

Diabetes is a condition that causes a person’s blood sugar level to become too high. There are two types of diabetes:

  • Type 1: Where the body's immune system attacks and destroys the cells that produce insulin
  • Type 2: Where the body doesn't produce enough insulin, or the body's cells don't react to insulin. This is the most common type of diabetes, and is preventable.

Dr Bhushan Rao, a local GP and the Clinical Lead for the Diabetes Prevention Programme in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent said: “There are things you can do to reduce your risk of developing this condition. Make sure you get a good amount of exercise; aim for 2.5 hours week. This can include time at the gym, a brisk walk or climbing the stairs.

“It is also important that you maintain a healthy, balanced diet. Try to limit the amount of cakes and sweets you eat and replace them with healthier snacks. Limit how much alcohol you drink, this will also reduce your risk of developing diabetes.”

Sarah Evans, one of the  commissioning managers for the six Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) added: “If you have diabetes, we’d really like you to come along to find out about the support available to manage your condition. If you have been told you may be at risk of diabetes, our team can help you to make small changes to your lifestyle that could make a big difference to your health.”

The bus will be parked at nine different supermarkets in the county from 10am to 4pm each day, finishing at Royal Stoke Hospital on Friday 13 March:

  • Monday 2 March at Tesco Extra, Church Street, Lichfield WS13 6DZ
  • Tuesday 3 March at Sainsbury’s, Union Street, Burton-on-Trent DE14 1AA
  • Wednesday 4 March at Asda, Avon Road, Cannock WS11 1LH
  • Thursday 5 March at Asda, Queensway, Stafford ST16 3TA
  • Friday 6 March at Sainsbury’s, Heath Mill Road, Wombourne WV5 8AP
  • Monday 9 March at Tesco, Clough Street, Hanley ST1 4LS
  • Tuesday 10 March at Asda, Wolstanton Retail Park, Newcastle ST5 0AP
  • Wednesday 11 March at Lidl, Portland Street North, Leek ST13 6AH
  • Thursday 12 March at Tesco, Baths Road, Longton ST3 2JB
  • Friday 13 March at Royal Stoke Hospital, Newcastle Road, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 6QG.

For more information on diabetes and what you can do to prevent it, visit the NHS website (www.nhs.uk/diabetes).