Get Hampshire Walking
We are supporting the Get Hampshire Walking campaign. We are spreading the word about the benefits of walking to help patients lead healthier and more active lives.
It is not difficult - a few extra steps, using the stairs and not the lift, getting off the bus a stop early will all help.
Walking can also help you get out more, meet new people and improve your social life.
Click here to find out what you can get involved with in your local area www.westhampshireccg.nhs.uk/Gethampshirewalking
DNA's (appointments not attended)
During the month of March 247 patients - DNA'd Doctor and Nurse appointments, if you are able to attend your appointment please contact the surgery by telephone 02380252131 or use the cancel appointment tab on the website.
Diabetes Prevention Week April 16-22
Could you get Diabetes? Last year 30 people in Alresford developed diabetes for the first time. Type 2 Diabetes mostly affects older people, comes on gradually and is treated initially with tablets. Unfortunately in the long term it is responsible for heart attacks, blindness, kidney failure and amputations so it is not a trivial problem. Fortunately it can be prevented.
If you have a close family member who has type 2 diabetes you may be at increased risk. Similarly if you are overweight, particularly if it is around your middle, your risk is increased. Diabetes UK has a risk calculator ( https://riskscore.diabetes.org.uk ) which will work all this out for you. If you think you might be at increased risk a simple blood test can be done. Please ask for this at reception or book a full NHS Health Check. If this is raised then you fall into a higher risk group and you could attend the Healthier You Program.
The Healthier You Program is the national diabetes prevention program. It is aimed at people at high risk of developing diabetes (as indicated by the blood test). Consisting of a series of short group education sessions it will help you understand the causes of diabetes and what you can do to change things. The main focus is on healthy eating and exercise, and of course this will also reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke and cancer.
Even if your blood test is normal you will reduce your future risk of diabetes by aiming for a normal weight and waist size (Men less than 90cm women less than 80cm)