Hugh’s Diabetes Prevention Journey

Published 11 April, 2024

Hugh has been attending the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme with Xyla and has seen some amazing changes since starting his journey. He has been happy to share with us some of his experiences and results.

What did you find useful about the group sessions? What stood out for you in your sessions?

Camaraderie and having the same goals as others on the programme was useful. I had shared experiences with other group members. The sessions were understandable and helped me to make progress.

What changes did you make to your lifestyle, e.g. exercise routine, dietary, habits…?

I cut out sugars, salts, and do lots more walking. I have a wife who is T2DM and the rest of my family (not Diabetic) have been impacted by the changes I have made. I now have a BP 116/76 and a pulse of 59, before my BP was 140!

“It is suitable for people from a diverse set of backgrounds”

What was your favourite part of the programme, why?

I liked the parts focused on nutrition and changing my everyday diet.

What challenges did you face with the programme, and how did you overcome them?

Reducing portion sizes was difficult and trying to increase my levels of activity, especially exercise.

What changes have you seen in any measurements that have been taken? E.g. HBa1c, waist measurement, weight, clothes size etc…

I have seen my waist reduce a lot (see my favourite picture!) – a 6in reduction.

Would you, or have you, recommended the programme to others? Why?

I would recommend the programme; it is a lifestyle change. I am sleeping better, spending more time with the family and I shared my experiences with others. I am much calmer and I deal with situations much better.

What would you say to those who are thinking about joining the programme?

I would say that they should start as soon as possible to see all the
health benefits.

Are there any other comments you wish to make about your experience?

It is suitable for people from a diverse set of backgrounds.

To find out more about the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme, click here.

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