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‘It’s never too late to look after your health’, says 95-year-old

A 95-year-old has shown how taking care of your health is always important after lifestyle changes helped him lose weight and lower his blood sugar level meaning he is no longer considered diabetic.

Royston Green, from Paulton, in Somerset, took advantage of a new style course run by us that helps people with type 2 diabetes in Bath and North East Somerset (BaNES).

Now he has received a letter of congratulations from his nurse while our tutors at the course are also praising his dedication.

The course Royston took is called X-PERT Diabetes and is held at sites across BaNES by Virgin Care who run numerous NHS and social care services in the local area in partnership with Bath and North East Somerset Council and Bath and North East Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group.

The course helps people with diabetes improve their knowledge, skills and confidence and enables them to take increasing control of their condition.

Royston took the course at Paulton Community Hospital and as family members are welcome his son Nick Green and his daughter-in-law Helen Green went with him.

They said: “We arranged a follow up blood test in March (following the X-PERT course), he had lost 5kg, blood pressure is good and his HBA1C  reading has dropped from 50 to 44. He has received a congratulatory letter from the NHS nurse as he is now pre-diabetic, we are all delighted. Dad continues to be careful and tries to balance a day with a cake or so followed by a couple of days without and he says he still feels very well.”

Royston added “I don’t want to live longer just better, so that I can go out shopping, walking and gardening when I want to.”

Simon Pitman, a course tutor for Virgin Care who ran the one Royston attended, said: “Royston did fantastically well on the course and took on board the suggestions for changing his lifestyle. Managing your diabetes is about using a range of measures including changing your diet, increasing your level of activity, making sure you get enough sleep, and managing stress.”

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