Diabetes Awareness Week: changing lives through physical activity

Diabetes Awareness Week: changing lives through physical activity

Posted: Mon, 13 Jun 2022 10:53

Diabetes Awareness Week: changing lives through physical activity

Diabetes Awareness Week: changing lives through physical activity

This week is Diabetes Awareness Week, and we want to take this opportunity to promote the incredible difference that moving more is making to hundreds of people living with diabetes in Oxfordshire.

Diabetes in Oxfordshire – the current picture

In Oxfordshire, in 2019-2020 there were 31,982 people aged 17 years or older who had been diagnosed with diabetes (Oxfordshire JSNA). Over 2,000 people each year in Oxfordshire are diagnosed with diabetes and it is estimated that there are approximately 12,000 people living in Oxfordshire who are living with diabetes but undiagnosed (Oxfordshire JSNA).

Although the levels of diabetes for Oxfordshire are below national average, there are areas within Oxfordshire where this is not the case. In particular, there are areas in East Oxford, Berinsfield, Banbury and Blackbird Leys where diabetes prevalence is above the national average. (QOF practice data).

Why moving more is so important

Increasing activity levels and moving more can help to reduce the risk of diabetes and for people with diabetes, physical activity can also help to manage the condition. Moving more helps to control blood sugar levels, as well as improve physical and mental wellbeing.

What's available in Oxfordshire to support people affected by diabetes?

We are very proud to work alongside district councils to deliver the Go Active Get Healthy and Move Together programmes, both of which are supporting hundreds of people across the county living with diabetes. What makes these programmes unique is the personalised support on offer, recognising that every individual has different needs. Each resident is supported by a local district co-ordinator who can provide plenty of advice, motivation and guidance to help people find out what's available and get a plan in place that works for them. There's also a wide range of activity packs and workbooks, a free NHS endorsed app and lots of ideas about how to help people get active at home and in their community.

Dick's story

Dick Tracey was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes in April 2019, aged 63. As well as changing his diet, Dick was keen to start getting active.

Dick then found out about the Go Active Get Healthy programme. He received tailored advice from the GO Active Physical Activity Specialists, who motivated and encouraged Dick to take part in regular exercises, supporting him to start cycling regularly Dick lost 20% of his body mass, went into remission and is now able to control his diabetes with physical activity and diet alone.

Get Involved

We see first-hand every day the difference that physical activity makes to people living with or at risk of diabetes. To find out more about Oxfordshire's programmes supporting people with diabetes and get involved, please visit www.getoxfordshireactive.org/about-go-active-get-healthy

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