"I lost another stone and have kept it off since finishing the programme."
Derek reaps the rewards of a healthier lifestyle
A former television camera and lighting expert from Nottinghamshire has embraced the opportunity to reduce his risk of Type 2 diabetes by increasing his exercise and being more conscious about what he eats.
Derek Constable, who's 82 and lives in Beeston signed up to his local Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme after being told by his GP he was at risk of falling victim to the life-changing disease.
Just four months in to the ten-month course, the results were dramatic. Derek lost almost three stones in weight and said, "Other participants in the group my age were really surprised. They had decided that it was too late to change, but I'm proof that you can!"
As well as enjoying the benefits of losing weight and being more active, Derek also wanted to continue to care for his wife, who has dementia and mobility issues.
"When she lived at home, her needs came first, and I lapsed into a diet of ready-meals. I was so exhausted at the end of each day that eating properly and taking simple exercise became such low priorities."
Derek's wife is now being cared for, and so alongside his daily visits, he has adopted a regime of riding his exercise bike and preparing balanced meals.
A year on, he reflects on his amazing progress:
"I lost another stone and have kept it off since finishing the programme. My cholesterol and blood pressure are really good and, importantly, my bloods show that I'm no longer at high risk of diabetes. The course certainly set me on the right track. I feel years younger and I'm much more able to play my part in looking after my wife."
The Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme is delivered in Nottingham by Ingeus.