Mental health nurse Janice Young was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes three years ago after a free Staff MOT at work found her blood sugar level was higher than normal and she was advised to see her GP.

 

 

 

 

With a family history of diabetes, 56 year-old Janice, who lives in Deal and works in Ramsgate, knew the complications it can bring. She was determined to take action and improve her health by making changes to her lifestyle.

By cutting out sugary snacks and treats, going for regular walks with her husband, and taking medication, she has managed to lower her blood sugar levels, cholesterol and blood pressure.

Janice, who works for Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT) is full of praise for the trust’s Staff MOT.

She said: “It was the wakeup call I needed so I could change my lifestyle. I want to be able to enjoy my retirement so I can spend it with my grandchildren. There are so many people walking around with diabetes and they don’t know it. I am hoping that my story can help to raise awareness.”

KMPT clinical staff also assess and monitor the physical health of the trust’s service users. They are offered physical health checks, which include checking their blood glucose regulation, and provide onward referrals and support where risks are identified.

Find out more about the wider NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme in Kent & Medway here >