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Who can help me reduce my risk of type 2 diabetes?


General practice team

Your GP or practice nurse has advice about how to make the lifestyle changes that may prevent you getting diabetes. Some practices also have nurse-led diabetes clinics.

If you need to find a GP, you can use this link.

Physical activity coach or trainer

Green Prescription is a programme that helps you to get more activity into your everyday life, and creates a personalised activity plan. It includes free consultations with a physical activity coach and the opportunity to take part in BE ACTIVE programmes, where you can try a range of activities, meet others, and get support.

Consider joining a gym, sports club, walking group, dancing class, or something similar. If you need help to get going ask your practice nurse about a referral for a Green Prescription, or phone 0800 ACTIVE (0800‑228‑483).

Health eating programme

See Healthy eating programmes for information about healthy eating programmes that might help.


A dietitian can help you change the way you eat. In some circumstances, such as for children, adolescents and in some rural areas, this may be publicly funded.

Or you may want to pay to see a private dietitian.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Endorsed by Diabetes Centre, Christchurch Hospital. Last reviewed March 2017. Last updated September 2018.


See also:

Type 2 diabetes

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