The famous royal royal bridge of Berwick is among northeastern landmarks that turn blue to mark World Diabetes Day.
NHS England in North Cambria and North East celebrates the success of a program which helps prevent type 2 diabetes.
The NHS Diabetes Prevention Program has referred to over a quarter of a million people across the country and 8,294 people at risk & # 39; The area has now offered help.
Around 90% of all people with diabetes have type 2 diabetes, which is closely linked to obesity, and there is strong evidence to suggest that it can be prevented. Lack of exercise, poor diet and overweight are all risk factors for developing the disease.
The prevention program is designed to stop or delay the onset of the condition through a variety of personal lifestyle interventions.
It is the first type 2 diabetes prevention program worldwide and the largest commitment of its kind in the world to those at risk of developing diabetes.
"The early signs are positive and people in the high-risk area can now get help through a prevention program," said Dr. Caroline Spreik, senior physician at Lane End Surgery, Benton, Newcastle.
"It's good to see that over 8,000 people have already been referred to attendance rates and show that the program is reaching those who need it most."
"With so many people at a potential risk of diabetes, it's fantastic that we have a plan to support and help people make changes and there's a lot more like the community we must do."
With millions of people at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes in England, it is vital that we do everything in our power to prevent it before it develops and help people live a healthier life. Therefore the work of diabetes prevention program is so important. "
Across the country, more than half of the overweight patients who routinely participate in sessions on the program achieve an average weight loss of 3.7kg and, encouraged – in the Northeast and Northern Cambria, about 50% of people progressing from their initial initial assessment (the national average is 45% ).
Those who have been referred to the face-to-face program receive personalized help, including education on lifestyle choices, tips on how to reduce weight through healthy eating, and defined exercise programs that collectively demonstrate the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
The number of North East landmarks and buildings will be blue lighting for the World Diabetes Day.
The blue theme comes from the logo of World Diabetes Day, which is a blue circle, and in previous years, landmarks around the world lit up blue.
Approved locations and landmarks include:
Berwick: The Royal Border Bridge /
Whitley Bay: St. Mary's Lighthouse
Newcastle upon Tyne: Civic Center
Gateshead: The Millennium Bridge
South Shields: City Hall
Sunderland: Judges' Building, Kiel Square
Middlesbrough: Central Square Fountain
Sunderland: Penshau Monument (National Trust)
Durham: Hotel Castle Lumley
Darlington State Hospital
Based on current population trends, up to 2035, 4.9 million people will have diabetes. Type 2 diabetes currently costs NHS £ 8.8 billion annually.
For information on the NHS Diabetes Prevention Program visit: www.england.nhs.uk/diabetes and for WDD: https://www.diabetes.org.uk/get_involved/world-diabetes-day