With more people than ever being diagnosed with diabetes, we're being urged to make some simple lifestyle changes to reduce our chances of developing the disease.
The NHS across the region is offering people at risk of type 2 diabetes the chance to take part in a prevention programme.
Number of people diagnosed with type 1 and type 2 diabetes in our region:
Robert Hutton- an 82 year old retired engineer- has lost almost a stone in weight and dramatically improved his blood sugar levels after starting the prevention programme:
More people than ever have diabetes. 3.7 million in the UK.
Health experts say if nothing changes, more than 5,000,000 people will have been diagnosed with the disease by 2025.
Dr Shahed Ahmed- Medical Director NHS England South Central explains how diabetes can be prevented:
Nationally diabetes and its complications cost billions every year to treat.
Around nine out of ten people with the disease have type 2, which can be avoided by making these few simple lifestyle changes.