Let it be known that here in Singapore, according to the study conducted by the NHS (National Health Service) last 2010, high cases of IFG (Impaired Fasting Glucose) and IGT (Impaired Glucose Tolerance) were noted. In 2010, there was about 14.4% of people ages 18 to 69 who have at least IFG or IGT. Mismanagement of IFG or IGT will increase one’s chances of developing Diabetes Mellitus.
With this, HPB (Health Promotion Board) developed the Pre-Diabetes Intervention Programme to empower people with the knowledge so they can change their lifestyle curtailing the development of Diabetes Mellitus. So, what are the components of this programme?
There will be Nurse Educators that will carry out an orientation. After the orientation, three individual counselling sessions (45 minutes each) will follow. This will happen at GP clinics or community centres. Participants are required to complete all sessions.
After the initial counselling and in depth counselling sessions, Nurse Educators will conduct follow up via the phone for a period of six, nine and twelve months. After a year, all participants are asked to submit to Oral Glucose Tolerance Test just to make sure if things has improved or not.
The programme entails cost but it does not compare to the information and knowledge you will acquire at the end of the day. Participants only need to pay the registration fee which costs S$10. For people who are under financial schemes, any fees will be waived for them.
If you have further questions, it is better if you contact the Nurse Educators. If you are worried about the confidentiality of this programme, all information or data will be handled and evaluated not shared. Diabetes Mellitus is a serious problem. For others who are suffering from complications, Diabetes will cost them their life. It is very crucial that you indulge in this programme to safeguard yourself from this chronic disease.